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Emanuel and Pedro progress to knock out stage at FIVB Beach Volleyball Fuzhou Open

Brazil's Emanuel Rego against the Netherlands' Michiel Van Dorsten during a Men's main draw match on Day 3 of the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Fuzhou Open

Fuzhou, China, April 24, 2014 – 2012 Olympic silver medallist Emanuel Rego and new partner Pedro Solberg Salgado from Brazil finished top in Pool D of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Fuzhou Open after defeating Alexander Brouwer and Michiel van Dorsten of the Netherlands in straight sets 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) on Thursday.

Emanuel and Pedro, who are playing their first season together, were the only team in the Main Draw that did not drop a set after three pool games, and progressed to the second round of single elimination on Friday.

The Brazilian pair, seeded fourth at the season-opening tournament, led most of the first set against Brouwer and van Dorsten, winning it when van Dorsten served into the net.

Emanuel and Pedro set the pace in the second set as well, building a 5-1 lead. But Brouwer and van Dorsten kept the pressure on their rivals with strong serving and fought back to level at 11-11. Emanuel and Pedro recovered just at the right moment to pull away again before sealing the victory on their second match point.

"I'm really happy because we played at our best today. Yesterday we had a tough day and we didn't play 100 percent, because my body was not ready yet since we arrived here only the day before yesterday," said Pedro.

For Emanuel, the Fuzhou Open is a build-up to the long season, which includes 11 Open events, 10 Grand Slam events, a new Grand Slam Final.

"We're just starting as a team. We're improving. I think, this is the best part of this match. We play better at every match to create a consistent team. That is our focus," said Emanuel, who won silver with Alison Cerutti in the London Olympics in 2012.

Meanwhile, defending champions Philip Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal from the USA shrugged off Wednesday's shock defeat by Latvia's Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Solovejs to beat Sebastian Chevallier and Alexei Prawdzic of Switzerland 2-0 (21-18, 25-23) in their third Pool B match. 

"That's good to get another win. It's the first tournament of the year, we're getting better and better," said Rosenthal.

The American tandem will have to play in the first round of single elimination.

Also heading into the second round of the knockout phase are two pairs each from Brazil (Ricardo Alex Santos/Alvaro Morais Filho, Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt) and Latvia (Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, Plavins/Solovejs), along with Salvetti/Daguerre of France, Nicolai Paolo/Daniele Lupo of Italy and Sam Pedlow/Grant O'Gorman of Canada.

Fuzhou, capital of the Fujian province lies on the southeast coast of Chinese mainland and hosts the Open event for the second straight year.

In addition to the Fuzhou Open, two other stops are scheduled in China in 2014 on the FIVB international schedule: the FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam (April 29 to May 4) and the FIVB Xiamen Open (October 7 to 12). All three are double-gender events.

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