Calm but rainy first day of pool play at the FIVB Durban Open
Durban, South Africa, December 12, 2013 – After a tumultuous qualification day, the first day of main draw at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open held no surprises. Besides maybe the rainy weather conditions at Durban’s New Beach there were no major upsets on Thursday.
In the men’s competition two teams are still in the race for the World Tour title. Neither one of them gave an inch. Both the current leaders, Latvia’s Smedins and Samoilovs, and their rivals, Pedro and Bruno from Brazil remained unbeaten.
World Tour leaders on track in Durban
Latvia’s Janis Smedins and
Aleksandrs Samoilovs did not make any mistakes on the first day of main draw at
the FIVB Beach Volleyball Durban Open. The current leaders of the World Tour
season ranking won both their matches on Thursday at New Beach.
Namibia’s Elizabeth Röttcher makes FIVB debut at 44
The FIVB Beach Volleyball
Durban Open features a lot of newcomers this week, but not all of them are
youngsters. At the age of 44 Namibia’s Elizabeth Röttcher made her FIVB debut
on Thursday on the first day of main draw.
South Africa’s Williams is trying to focus on beach volleyball in emotional week
South Africa’s Leo Williams, like
all the other home players, is trying his best to focus on beach volleyball in
this memorial week.
USA’s Kessy not about to say goodbye yet
She has had some injury
problems and was not happy with her finishes this year, but 36-year old Jennifer
Kessy is not about to quit yet. The Olympic silver medallist is still having
too much fun and decided to partner up with Whitney Pavlik for the FIVB Beach
Volleyball Open in Durban this week.
The Durban Open continues on Friday with the third and last pool round, followed by the first knockout round. The numbers two and three of each pool advance to the first elimination round, the pool winners earn a bye. Saturday will feature a round of 16 and the quarterfinals.
Out of respect for the late Nelson Mandela, who will be buried on Sunday, the semifinals and finals of the Durban Open were put forward to Saturday evening. The winners in both the men’s and women’s competition earn 11.000 US dollars. The silver medallists split 8.000 and third place earns 6.000.
The 2013 Durban Open is the fifth FIVB event in South Africa, after editions in 1995, 1996, 2004 and 2005. All previous events except the one in 1996 were held in Cape Town.