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Home team enjoy win on first day of Samila Open in Thailand

 
Thailand Tanarattha Udomchavee (right) receives the ball in their first match against Vietnam

Songkhla, Thailand, April 14, 2013 – The opening day of competition of the 14th Samila Open took place on Sunday despite a heavy downpour the previous night, which rendered the courts unsuitable for play.

A total of 46 teams from 14 countries – Kazakhstan, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Oman, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Sri Lanka, China, Hong Kong, India and hosts Thailand – are taking part in the tour. There are also 20 women's teams participating in the competition.

Women’s competition

Following the women’s draw, title-holders and the current Asian Beach Games winners Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee of Thailand 1 are top seeds, with Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova seeded second. Australia’s Louise Anne Bawden/Taliqua Shanice Clancy, fresh from winning the last week's Khanom Open, are seeded third, with Thailand's Jarunee Sannok/Usa Tenpaksee are fourth.

After failing to make their mark at last week's Khanom Open, Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha of Thailand kicked off their title-defence campaign at the Samila Open with a straight-set win (15-13, 15-11) over Vietnam's Truong Thi Yen/Nguyen Thi Mai.  

Thailand's Jarunee Sannok/Usa Tenpaksee – bronze medallists at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China – outclassed Hong Kong’s Yan Lo Wai/Mei Yeung Yeuk with a score of 15-6, 15-9. However, Thailand’s Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak where unable to stand their ground against Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova as the duo from Kazakhstan took the match in 27 minutes with a score of 11-15, 12-15.

Australia’s Louise Anne Bawden/Taliqua Shanice Clancy worked excellently together, covering the court well to win their match against Sri Lanka’s Dinesha Prasadani Jayamaha Hitihamilage/Geethika Lalani Gunawardana Kuda Kottunnage (15-2,15-9) in 16 minutes.  

Men’s competition

In the men's competition, Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko are top seeds, while Australia’s Isaac Leonard Kapa/Christopher Bernard McHugh, who won last week's Khanom Open are seeded second.

Thailand’s Sittichai Sangkachot/Prathip Sukto are seeded third, while Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Yakovlev/Alexey Kuleshov are fourth.

In their opening match, Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko beat Japan's Shinya Hata/Yasuo Nakaya (15-8, 15-8) in Pool A. The Kazakhs stormed into brilliant form to outplay Sri Lanka’s Pubudu Kumara Ekanayaka Ekanayakage/Asanka Pradeep Kumara Medagedara Lekamalage (15-11, 15-13) in the afternoon contest.

In Pool B, Australia’s Isaac Leonard Kapa/Christopher Bernard McHugh – last year’s Asian Beach Volleyball Championship winners – won their matches against Vietnam’s Nguyen Ngoc Quy/Bui Hai Dang (15-8 15-7) and then Japan’s Yoshiumi Hasegawa/Yuya Ageba (15-9 15-11).

Local supporters cheered on the home team as Thailand's Sittichai Sangkhachot/Prathip Sukto first beat Sri Lanka’s Sameera Sandaruwan Bombuwala Dewage/Ashen Jeevantha Fernando Warnakulasuriya (15-8, 15-13) and then Australia's Samuel John Boehm/Cole James Brandon Durant (13-15, 15-11, 11-8).

The second home team in the competition, Chutipong Sukarayotin/Chanchai Nakprakong had mixed fortune in the preliminary round, when they first suffered a disappointing (3-15, 9-15) defeat against New Zealand's Ben Martin O'Dea/Jason William Lochhead but later won a against Vietnam’s Nguyen Trong Quoc/Nguyen Thanh Vinh (12-15, 15-10, 11-7).

 



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