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HP Beach Open | Men
  23/08/2011 - 28/08/2011

Top seeded Fijalek and Prudel make no mistake in The Hague

Mariusz Prudel (in red) blocking Piotr Kantor's spike
The Hague, the Netherlands, August 25, 2011 – Top seeded Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel made no mistake on the first day of the main draw of the FIVB Swatch World Tour HP Beach Open. The Polish team won both matches on Thursday on the beach in the Dutch city of The Hague. Title defender Casey Jennings ended up in the loser’s bracket with his new partner Casey Patterson. The same applied to third seeded and last week’s winners in Aland Marcio Araujo and Benjamin Insfran.

Fijalek and Prudel did have a sluggish start. They needed three sets to beat their young Polish compatriots Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak: 21-12 19-21 15-9. Fijalek: “The first set was too easy. So we lost concentration in the second and they also took more risk serving and that worked out well for them.”

Fijalek and Prudel had a very consistent season with two silver medals in Stavanger and Stare Jablonski out of five top four finishes. Due to the withdrawal of world champions Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego and olympic champions Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers the Polish team is one of the candidates for the title in The Hague. “But we do not feel any pressure here as top seeded. We only concentrate on the Olympics next year and if we keep playing at this consistent level we will make it to London.”

Jennings, last year’s winner with Kevin Wong, lost his first match with new partner Patterson against Brazil’s Pedro Solberg/Rhooney Ferramente in just two sets (21-19 21-13). Patterson started the 2011 season, his first, with Bradley Keenan. “It was tough”, Jennings said. “As this was our first game together and they played really well. We both used to play as right side defenders, so that is different. We still have to find our comfort zone.” The Americans are still in the tournament after winning in the loser’s round, needing three sets against Austrian qualifiers Clemens Doppler/Matthias Mellitzer.

Third seeded and last week’s gold medalists Marcio Araujo and Benjamin from Brazil were send to the loser’s bracket in the second round by Georgia’s ‘Brazilians’ Geor/Gia (19-21 22-24). Insfran hurt his back earlier and was visibly bothered by his injury, but they will continue in the loser’s round on Friday.

Brazil’s Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos did not lose a set on their first match day in the Netherlands. They upset Italy by first beating Andrea Luca Colaberardino/Tomatis (21-9 21-14) and later on also the Ingrosso-twins Matteo and Paolo (21-15 21-17).

Dutch top team Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil also made it to the third round, unfortunately at the cost of their compatriots Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen. The latter continue in the loser’s bracket.

The city of The Hague is hosting its third World Tour event in a row. Dutch Nummerdor/Schuil won the first edition, in 2010 lucky losers Jennings/Wong took the gold. After the HP Beach Open the men finish the 2011 season in Agadir with the single gender Morocco Open early October.  
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