Final fours set at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam
Moscow, Russia, August 24, 2013 – The final fours of the sixth edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Moscow Grand Slam, which were determined on Saturday at Vodny Stadium, include some unexpected candidates.
In the women’s competition Italy’s new team Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth made it to the semifinals in only their second event together. And in the men’s Austria’s newcomer Lorenz Petutschnig amazed his veteran partner Alexander Horst.
Russia lost all hope of finally winning a medal at their own Moscow event. All remaining home teams were knocked out on the penultimate day. World Tour leaders Pedro Solberg and Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Taiana Lima and Talita Antunes were also eliminated.
Menegatti and Orsi Toth play Germany’s Laura Ludwig, while the Salgado-sisters from Brazil take on Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo.
Horst and Petutschnig are lined up with Brazil’s Emanuel Rego and Evandro Goncalves and Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs play Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho from Brazil.
Horst and Petutschnig crush Russia’s hope for a medal
Alexander Horst and Lorenz Petutschnig crushed
Russia’s hope of finally winning a medal at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam on
Brazil’s Salgado-sisters eye the gold and a fur hat
Brazil’s Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado reached
the final four for the 5th time this year after a shaky start at the Moscow
Grand Slam. In the semifinal on Sunday they will play Spain’s Liliana Fernandez
Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan.
Italy send home World Tour leaders Lima and Talita
Italy’s new team Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi
Toth put an end to Taiana Lima and Talita Antunes’ dreams of a third
consecutive Grand Slam title this year.
Swiss Tanja’s surprise Germany’s Borger and Büthe
With strong serving and solid play Swiss Tanja
Goricanec and Tanja Hüberli, ranked 29th at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam,
surprised Germany’s vice-world champions Karla Borger and Britta Büthe on
The women’s semifinals are scheduled for 10.00 and 11.00, followed by the men’s at 12.00 and 13.00. At 16.00 and 17.00 the bronze medal matches are played with the finals at 18.30 and 19.30.
After the Moscow Grand Slam the FIVB World Tour takes a break until October when the final two out of ten Grand Slams are staged. First up is Beijing from October 2-6 followed by Sao Paolo from October 8-13.
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