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Chiyo and Sakaguchi lead way for Japanese teams in Qidong

Yurika Sakaguchi (left) and Chiyo Suzuki are into the Qidong Open main draw
Qidong, China, July 5, 2019 – Chiyo Suzuki and Yurika Sakaguchi were one of four Japanese teams to reach the 2-Star Qidong Open main draw after two wins from two on Friday.

The tournament runs from July 4-7 and is one of nine FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events in China, with $50,000 on offer to the leading teams.

Chiyo and Sakaguchi began by defeating Slovakia’s Tjasa Kotnik and Tjasa Jancar 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) and then followed up with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) victory over the Czech Republic’s Michaela Kubickova and Michala Kvapilová.

Compatriots Azusa Futami and Akiko Hasegawa also qualified for the elimination rounds with a pair of wins, but Ayami Kusano and Nishibori Takemi, and Suzuka Hashimoto and Sayaka Mizoe qualified in second place from their pools after a win and a loss. 

Local favourites and number one seed Jingzhe Wang and Shuhui Wen maintained their quest for a third World Tour gold in three tournaments when they topped their pool. 

The Chinese duo opened with a 2-0 (21-13, 21-9) over fellow their fellow Chinese Jing Wang and Binhong Qu and added a second victory with a 2-0 (21-13, 21-14) defeat of Norway’s Ane Hjortland and Victoria Kjolberg. 

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