Germany and Brazil rule as Moscow Grand Slam enters knockout phase
The Brazilian women topped their pool on three occasions, while the men took first place in one pool. German teams ended on top of their pool twice in both the women’s and the men’s competition.
Vice-world champions Karla Borger and Britta Büthe from Germany celebrated their comeback after an injury with three straight wins. Only one other team managed that: Brazil’s Liliane Maestrini and Barbara Seixas de Freitas.
Host country Russia lost its top team in the women’s competition. With just one win Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova finished 4th in their pool. Out of nine Russian teams, four made it to the elimination rounds.
Kazakhstan shock Bruno and Pedro to top the pool
In a direct battle for top
position in pool B at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr
Dyachenko defeated Brazil’s World Tour leaders Pedro Solberg and Bruno Oscar
Schmidt in three sets (15-21 21-18 16-14) on Friday.
Austria and Spain play the European final all over again
In the final round of pool
play at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Austria’s Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger and
Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan played the
European final all over again.
Flüggen and Walkenhorst upset world champions again
Germany’s Lars Flüggen and
Alexander Walkenhorst are turning out to be the world champions’ nemesis. After
defeating Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen at the European Championships
in Klagenfurt a few weeks ago, the German team also upset the Dutch on the
second day of pool play at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam.
The Moscow Grand Slam continues on Saturday with three elimination rounds. The semifinals and medal matches for both genders are scheduled for Sunday.
The sixth edition of the Russian event is assured of new winners, since last year’s champions Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego play with different partners and China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang are not here to defend their title.
After Moscow the FIVB World Tour takes a break until October when the final two Grand Slams in Beijing (2-6) and Sao Paulo (9-13) are held.