Phuket is back with Sweden's Grawender and Lundqvist entering qualification in top spot
Phuket, Thailand, October 28, 2013 – Sweden’s Nina Grawender and Karin Lundqvist top the qualification tournament rankings on the eve of the single gender women’s competition at the penultimate FIVB Beach Volleyball Open of 2013. The Open series women’s event is back in Thailand for its eighth consecutive year, taking place from October 28 to November 3.
Sweden’s Grawender and Lundqvist edged up the rankings this week after reaching the knock-out stages at the Xiamen Grand Slam. They aim to build on their momentum and close the year on a high.
Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider were part of a strong German showing in Xiamen last week and made it all the way to round 2 in the knock-outs. Unluckily this is where they met Talita/Lima (BRA) which left the pair with a ninth place finish.
Also keep an eye on Takemi Nishibori and Sayaka Mizoe. The Japanese pair had their best result of the year with ninth at the Anapa Open and Nishibori competes in Phuket for the seventh time.
Thailand has hosted over 10 women’s and one men’s FIVB tournament. Overall, the USA has been the most successful with 10 medal finishes in the seven FIVB World Tour events held in Phuket.
The tournament previously ran from 2006 until 2011, when the event moved to Bangsaen in 2012. China’s Chen Xue and Zhang Xi won the 2011 edition, while Jennifer Kessy and April Ross were victorious in 2012.
Phuket is an island located to the south of Thailand, while the city of Phuket is the island’s capital and home to 75,000 people. It is located 825 kilometres from Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.
This will be the eighth successive year that Thailand has staged an Open series women’s event on the FIVB calendar.