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Semifinals set at Qatar Masters

The tournament has reached the semifinal stage
Doha, Qatar, May 5, 2017 – Top seeds Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse of Qatar eliminated reigning Asian Games champions Alexandr Dyanchenko and Alexey Sidorenko in the quarter-finals of the AVC Beach Tour Aspire Qatar Master on Friday.

At the Aspire Park, Pereira and Younousse, the winner of the Satun Pak Bara Masters in Thailand last month, sealed their place in the semi-finals with a 21-14, 21-11 victory in 28 minutes. With this victory, both Pereira and Younousse booked their place in the FIVB Beach World Championships, to be held in Vienna in July and August.

They will take on New Zealand’s Tom Hartles and Michael Watson for a place in Saturday’s final. Hartles and Watson were more than a match for Indonesians Ramadhan Gilang and Pribadi Danangsyah, winning the contest 21-17, 21-15 in 34 minutes.

Australians Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann, the second seeds and third-placed finishers in both the Satun Pak Bara Masters and Asian Championships in Thailand, overcame China’s Ha Likejiang and Bao Jian with difficulty. After losing the first set, they barely managed to hold off their rivals in the second set before clinching the tie-break set and a 2-1 (17-21, 25-23, 15-10) triumph in 55 minutes.

The victory set up a rematch against Ade Candra Rachmawan and Mohammad Asfiya. The fifth-seeded Indonesians, who beat the Australians in Songkhla, ousted Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Yakovlev and Sergey Bogatu in straight sets, 21-19, 21-12.

With the semi-finals set, it meant the slots for the World Championship were also fixed: Pereira and Younousse, McHugh and Schuman from Australia, Rachmawan and Asfiya from Indonesia and Raoufi and Salemiinjehboron from Iran.

Earlier, the draw for the last 16 meant only one of two remaining Qatari pairs would stay in the event. Pereira and Younousse knocked out teammates and third seeds Julio do Nascimento and Ahmed Tijan 21-18, 21-13 in 29 minutes.

Asia champions and fourth seeds Rahman Raoufi and Bahman Salemiinjehboron from Iran also suffered an earlier-than-expected exit. They were up against second seeds Australians Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann, who encountered a spirited challenge in the first set before scripting a 23-21, 21-16 win in 37 minutes.

Other contenders stayed on course, with Indonesians Ade Cadra Rachmawan and Mohammad Asfiya winning against Japanese Junki and Hitoshi Murakami in straight sets.

Dyanchenko and Sidorenko advanced with a fighting 21-17, 21-19 victory over Lebanese Joe El Azzi and Jean Abi Chedid in 32 minutes.
Chinese Ha Likejiang and Bao Jian struggled against their teammates Li Zhouxin and Zhao Chaowei. They dropped the first set but reorganised themselves to pull off a 19-21, 21-14, 15-10 triumph in 48 minutes.

Hartles and Watson and Indonesians Ramadhan Gilang and Pribadi Danagsyah extended their stay in the tournament with gritty three-set victories over their respective Australian and Hong Kong rivals.

Quarterfinal results
McHugh/Schumann (AUS) beat Ha Likejiang/Bao J. (CHN) 17-21, 25-23, 15-10 (0:55)
Candra/Asfiya (INA) beat Yakovlev/Bogatu (KAZ) 21-19, 21-12 (0:37)
Watson/Hartles (NZL) beat Gilang/Danang (INA) 21-17, 21-15 (0:34)
Sidorenko/Dyachenko (KAZ) lost to Jefferson/Cherif (QAT) 14-21, 11-21 (0:28)

Round of 16
McHugh/Schumann (AUS) beat R.Raoufi/B.Salemi (IRI) 23-21, 21-16 (0:37)
Ha Likejiang/Bao J. (CHN) beat Li Zhuoxin/Ch. W.Zhou (CHN) 19-21, 21-14, 15-10 (0:48)
Candra/Asfiya (INA) beat Hatabe/Murakami (JPN) 21-13, 29-27 (0:41)
A.Poursagari/A.Vakili (IRI) lost to Yakovlev/Bogatu (KAZ) 19-21, 21-16, 16-18 (0:56)
Watson/Hartles (NZL) beat Kelvin/Lam (HKG) 21-13, 20-22, 15-11 (0:51)
Gilang/Danang (INA) beat Durant/Schubert (AUS) 17-21, 22-20, 15-13 (0:53)
Sidorenko/Dyachenko (KAZ) beat Joe/Jean (LIB) 21-17, 21-19 (0:32)
Julio/Ahmed Tijan (QAT) lost to Jefferson/Cherif (QAT) 18-21, 13-21 (0:29)

Saturday’s fixtures
4 pm – McHugh/Schumann (AUS) vs Candra/Asfiya (INA)
5 pm – Watson/Hartles (NZL) vs Jefferson/Cherif (QAT)
9 pm – FINAL

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