Upsets all round in Xiamen see Perusic/Schweiner enter main draw
Onderj Perusic receives the ball as Perusic/Schweiner defeat top seeded qualifiers Jefferson/Cherif and enter Xiamen main draw|
Xiamen, China, April 20, 2017 – The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open 2017 witnessed multiple upsets in the qualification tournament which saw Czech Republic’s Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner defeat Jefferson Pereira/Cherif Younousse to enter the main draw.
Perusic/Schweiner entered their qualification match as underdogs, but it was soon clear that Jefferson/Cherif were in for a challenging time. Both teams displayed nerves as neither could close out the first set, finishing 25-23 in favour of the Czech team.
A shaky second set sent Perusic/Schweiner on catch up in the tie break, but they held their nerve to enter Xiamen main draw, 2-1 (25-23, 16-21, 15-12).
“We feel amazing, it’s indescribable. We fought, despite the second set when we were the worse team than them and in the tie break we were more lucky let’s say,” said Perusic.
“We have never played them before, but they are really good with big results, but in spite of many mistakes, we luckily we won. I think this result was unexpected,” said Schweiner.
“We hope to have good performances in the tournament, if we lose with a good performance, it’s not that bad,” said Perusic.
Brazil’s Oscar Brandao and Hevaldo Sabino Moreira produced a major upset knocking out top seeded qualifiers Sean Faiga/Ariel Hilman from Isreal in a match which swung both ways. Everything was left down to the tie-break and in their first international tournament together Oscar/Hevaldo took the match and main draw position, 2-1 (21-12, 16-21, 15-12).