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Kazakhs Mashkova/Samalikova snatch gold at Can Tho Open Women's Beach Tour


Can Tho, Vietnam, May 2, 2017 - Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikova of Kazakhstan were crowned champions following their remarkable 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) victory over Thailand 1’s Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee in the final showdown of  the 2017 Can Tho Open AVC Women’s Volleyball Beach Tour in Can Tho, Vietnam on Monday.
Mashkova/Samalikova, who earlier stormed past Linline Matauatu/Joe Loti of Vanuatu in comfortable straight sets 2-0 (21-11, 21-10) in the semifinals, continued their dazzling performance in the final clash against Varapatsorn/Tanarattha, champions at last year’s Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam and silver medallists at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

Going down in the first set 18-21, Varapatsorn/Tanarattha tried to make a comeback in the second set, but their intention was not successful as they committed many unforced errors and the Kazakhs performed better in key plays. Mashkova/Samalikova took the second set 21-16 and the championship.
In the third-place playoff earlier, Thailand 2’s Rampaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak, who lost to Varapatsorn/Tanarattha 2-0 (21-8, 21-9) in the all-Thais semifinal clash, struggled hard to beat Linline Matauatu/Joe Loti from Vanuatu in three sets 2-1 (21-19,18-21,15-6).

Champions Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikova of Kazakhstan claimed the gold medals plus a $3,000 cash prize, with silver medallists Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee  and bronze medallists Rampaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak from Thailand receiving $2,250 and $1,800 respectively. Linline Matauatu/Joe Loti from Vanuatu finished fourth place to receive $1,350.
A total of 20 teams from 11 countries  participated in this tournament consisting of China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Team ranking
1. Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikova (Kazakhstan)
2. Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand 1)
3. Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak (Thailand 2)
4. Matauata Linline/Joe Loti (Vanuatu)
5. Jessyka Ngauamo/Artacho del Solar (Australia 2)
5. Wang Xinxin/Xue Chen (China 2)
7. Yue Yuan/Wang Fan (China 1)
7. Sayaka Mizoe/Suzuka Hashimoto (Japan 1)
9. Juliana Dhita/Diini Utami Putu (Indonesia 1)
9. Thi Thu Van/Le Thi Bich Vi (Vietnam 1)
9. Julia Tilley/Alice Bain (New Zealand 1)
9. Wills Kelsie/Polley Shaunna (New Zealand 2)
13. Takemi Nishibori/Marie Wada (Japan 2)
13. Phoebe Bell/Nicole Laird (Australia 1)
13. Ng Tin Lai/Wong Yeun Mei (Hong Kong 1)
13. Ratnasari Desi/Eka Yokobed (Indonesia 2)
17. Mai Thi Hoa/Tran Cam Thi (Vietnam 2)
17. Wing Tung/C.Y. Kong (Hong Kong 2)
17. Chong Hui Hui Eliza/Lee Gladys (Singapore)
17. Nguyen Thi Diem Trinh/Truong Thi Moc Nhat (Vietnam 3)

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