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Top seeds win opening matches at AVC Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship in Hong Kong

China 2’s Incheon Asian Games gold medallists Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi celebrate their victory over Vietnam’s Do Hong Loan Huynh/Cam Thi Tran
Hong Kong, China, October 1, 2015 - The 2015 AVC Women's Beach Volleyball Championship Hong Kong kicked off on Thursday with strong showings by the competition's top seeds.

Vanuatu’s top-ranked Miller Pata/Linline Matauatu, who captured two titles last year in Thailand including the Pattaya Challenger in Chon Buri and the Asian Tour Samila Open in Songkhla, lived up to their billing by defeating Law Weng Sam/Leong On Ieng 2-0 (21-5 21-4) in just 22 minutes in Pool A. The Macao 2 duo suffered a second loss at the hands of Kazakhstan 2’s Bakhtygul Samalikova/Yekaterina Lassyuta, who were victorious in 26 minutes 2-0 (21-10, 21-13).

The same script was written in Pool B when Macao 1’s Lei Sing Kuan/Lei Weng Si lost twice on the same day. They first went down to Japan 1’s second seeds Takemi Nishibori/Sayaka Mizoe 2-0 (21-4, 21-5) in just 25 minutes, before succumbing to a second defeat by Hong Kong 3’s Lo Wai Yan/Tam Hin Ching Rachel 2-0 (21-18, 21-12).

In Pool C, third seeds Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy of Australia 1 tasted their first victory in the four-day event following their convincing 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) triumph over Chinese Taipei 2’s Liu Pi Hsin/Chang Ya Chu. However, the Taiwanese pairing made amends to brush off Hong Kong 1’s To Wing Tung/Koo Yung Yung 2-0 (21-6, 21-16) in their second clash.

Kazakhstan 1’s fourth seeds Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova, gold medallists at last year’s Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand, got their Pool D campaign off to a flying start with a sensational 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) win over Chinese Taipei 1’s Kou Nai Han/Tasai Tsui Jung. The Taiwanese duo continued their losing streak following a 2-0 (21-9, 21-12) loss to Japan 2’s Miki Ishii/Megumi Murakami in their second encounter.

In Pool E, Australia 2’s fifth seeds Mariafe Artacho Del Solar/Nicole Laird powered past Indonesia 2’s Desi Ratnasari/Ayu Cahyaning Siam 2-0 (21-11, 21-20), while New Zealand’s Julia Tilley/Shaunna Polley added to the Indonesians’ wounds by beating Desi/Ayu in a hard-fought straight-set encounter 2-0 (21-18 21-17).

Sixth seeds Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee, silver medallists at two major tournaments last year including the Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand and the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, gave the home crowd something to cheer in Pool F when the Thai pairing defeated Guam 1’s Tatiana Sablan/Kendra Byrd 2-0 (21-5, 21-4) in 26 minutes. The Guam pairing attempted to improve their form in their second clash against Chen Chunxia/Tang Ningya. Still, the Chinese proved too strong for their rivals, overwhelming them with power and superb form to win the one-sided match 2-0 (21-7, 21-9).

Vietnam’s Do Hong Loan Huynh/Cam Thi Tran failed to make their mark in Pool G and lost twice. They suffered their first defeat 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) at the hands of the Incheon Asian Games gold medallists Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi of China 2, before losing 2-0 (21-17, 21-11) to Thailand 2’s Khanittha Hongpak/Rumpaipruet Numwong.

In Pool H, Hong Kong 2’s Ng Tin Lai/Wong Yuen Mei pulled off a comfortable 2-0 (21-12, 21-5) win over Guam 2’s Jasmine Wenzel/Kristi Hammond. The Guam duo’s second encounter saw them beaten in straight sets 2-0 (21-8, 21-11) by Indonesia 1’s Dhita Juliana/Putu Dini Jasita Utami.

The pool round-robin preliminaries continue through Friday before a drawing of lots ceremony will be held for the teams advancing to the next round.

Match schedule
Friday, October 2, 2015

Linline Matauatu/Miller Pata (Vanuatu) v Bakhtygul Samalikova/Yekaterina Lassyuta (Kazakhstan 2)
Takemi Nishibori/Sayaka Mizoe (Japan 1) v Lo Wai Yan/Tam Hing Ching (Hong Kong 3)
Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy (Australia 1) v To Wing Tung/Koo Yung Yung (Hong Kong 1)
Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova (Kazakhstan 1) v Miki Ishii/Megumi Murakami (Japan 2)
Mariafe Artacho Del Solar/Nicole Laird (Australia 2) v Julia Tilley/Shaunna Polley (New Zealand)
Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand 1) v Chen Chunxia/Tang Ningya (China 1)
Ma Yuanyuan/Xia Xinyi (China 2) v Khanittha Hongpak/Rumpaipruet Numwong (Thailand 2)
Ng Tin Lai/Wong Yuen Mei (Hong Kong 2) v Dhita Juliana/Putu Dini Jasita Utami (Indonesia 2)


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