Talita and Taiana topped the podium in Shanghai.
She played very well and I am so
happy that Taiana won her first
gold medal. We changed a lot of
things and I feel we are doing
good for Brazil.
Pedro Salgado recovered from this tumble to finish second with Bruno
The Fuzhou Open was as popular as ever with Chinese fans.
Chen Xue (left) and Zhang Xi delighted the home crowds by winning gold.
together for years as they defeated Austrian sisters Doris and
Stefanie Schwaiger 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) in the gold medal match.
For Talita it was the 14th time that she has stood atop a Grand Slam
or Open podium, but for Taiana the win was her first.
She played very well and I am so happy that Taiana won her first
gold medal,” Talita said. “We changed a lot of things and I feel we
are doing good for Brazil.”
The second Brazilian team on the podium were Maria Clara Salgado
and her younger sister Carolina who had not played together since
after Carolina missed the whole of 2012 pregnant with her
first child, who was born in August. However, they showed that
they are likely to be a tough pair to beat after they held off van
Gestel and Meppelink, who finished fourth for a second successive
tournament, to claim the bronze. Brazil were not able to match the
gold medal success in the men’s competition where USA’s Jacob
Gibb and Casey Patterson marked only their second tournament
together by winning the gold medal after beating Brazilian national
champions Pedro Salgado and Bruno Schmidt in a tie-break.
It’s a match of big runs and we ended up getting the last big
run,” Patterson said. “In the first game we had a big run, and in
the second game they had a big run. We were just taking turns and
whoever survived the wind was going to win. Gibb did a couple of
big blocks and I had a couple of digs in the end and that was the
When Ricardo and Alvaro Filho beat Poland’s Michal Kadziola
and Jakub Szalankiewicz for the bronze medal it meant that all
three medallists were newly formed pairings, illustrating that the
competition for medals is as high as ever.
With World Championships and World Tour titles up for grabs
in 2013, this year’s beach volleyball season is set to enthral and
entertain like no other.