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Russian pairs to face Japanese and Polish duos in Langkawi semis

Two Russian pairs succeeded in earning semifinal berths at the Langkawi 1-star
Langkawi, Malaysia, April 13, 2019 – Two Russian pairs made it to the final four of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Langkawi 1-star, following their straight-set quarterfinal victories on Saturday.

The two Russian duos made their way to the quarterfinals after qualifying for the main draw on April 11.

Andrey Bolgov and Vladislav Ermilov jumped straight to the quarterfinal round when they won both their matches in the group stage. Bolgov and Ermilov looked well rested and focused when they faced Satun 1-star winners and second seeds Vladyslav Iemelianchy and Denys Densyenko of Ukraine, winning 2-0 (25-23, 21-17).

Daniil Kuvichka and Anton Kislytsyn confirmed their semifinal berth after registering a 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) victory over New Zealand’s Thomas Hartles and Alani Nicklin. Prior to that, the Russian tandem escaped their round of 12 encounter against Japan’s Koichi Nishimura and Masato Kurasaka with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) win.

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In other matches, Poland’s Adrian Sdebel and Piotr Ilewicz were victorious in their only match of the day to grab the semifinals spot with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) win over Kazakhstan’s Alexey Kuleshov and Artem Petrossyants.

Japan’s Hitoshi Murakami and Takashi Tsuchiya, on the other hand, earned their semifinals berth with a round of 12 win against Norway’s Jorn Olav Gamlemoen and Christian Helland 2-1 (19-21, 21-13, 15-10) and a 2-1 (7-21, 21-15, 15-13) win over top seeds Tim Dickson and Marcus Ferguson.


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