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  Stavanger  2007   Women's Grand Slam
27.06.2007 -  30.06.2007

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WOMEN’S CONOCOPHILLIPS GRAND SLAM MAIN DRAW SET
 

Stavanger, Norway, June 26, 2007 - It was another “survival” Tuesday for the women’s qualifying teams at this week’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop as six of the top eight-seeded teams each won a pair of matches here Tuesday to advance to the Main Draw of the US$600,000 ConocoPhillips Grand Slam.

 

Leading the way to the “money” rounds of the seventh women’s stop on the 2007 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar was the top-seeded team of Hana Klapalova and Tereza Petrova.  The Czech Republic eliminated teams from South Africa and Australia to advance to a SWATCH Main Draw for the second-straight week.

 

Tuesday’s “biggest” seed-break-through was achieved by Boss and April Ross of the United States, who ousted higher-seeded teams from Latvia and China.  After winning a country quota match Monday, the 21st-seeded Boss and Ross posted wins over 12th-seeded Inguna Minusa and Inese Jursone of Latvia 23-25, 21-14 and 15-8 and fifth-seeded Lu Wang and Man Zuo of China 21-17 and 22-20.

 

The “biggest” surprise Tuesday was the elimination of 13th-seeded Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder of the United States by 20th-seeded Liesbeth Mouha and Liesbet Van Breedam of Belgium 24-22, 13-21 and 15-12.  Turner and Wacholder placed third in last week’s Paris grand slam SWATCH stop.

 

However, Mouha and Van Breedam could not validate the win in their next match by losing to fourth-seeded Efthalia Koutroumanidou and Maria Tsiartsiani of Greece 21-18 and 21-14.  For the Greeks, it was their sixth-straight qualifying win since losing three week’s ago in the final elimination round before the Main Draw in Warsaw.

 

“We learned a lot about not taking anything for granted in the qualifiers,” said Tsiartsiani, who saw her team now advanced to the Main Draw four times in five SWATCH qualifiers this season.  “We had no focus in Warsaw and paid the price for the lack of concentration.  Since this season is part of the Olympic process for Beijing, a stumble in the qualifier really hurts your chances.”

 

Also breaking through Tuesday was 18th-seeded Dana Cooke and Annie Martin of Canada with a pair of upset wins over teams from Bulgaria and Finland.  Martin, who posted Canada’s best women’s SWATCH finish three years ago on the Stavanger Vaagen Harbour courts with Guylaine Dumont, advanced to their fourth Main Draw in seven attempts this season with a 13-21, 21-18 and 17-15 win over the second-seeded Nystrom twins (Emilia and Erika) of Finland.

 

Other teams earning Main Draw berths were third-seeded Sara Montagnolli/Sabine Swoboda of Austria, sixth-seeded Laura Ludwig/Sara Goller of Germany, seventh-seeded Lucilla Perrotta/Daniela Gattelli of Italy and eighth-seeded Carolina Salgado/Maria Clara Salgado of Brazil.

 

The ConocoPhillips Grand Slam, the fourth of 13 double gender events this season, runs through Sunday.  The women’s competition concludes Saturday with the men’s medal matches Sunday as the gold medal winners will shared the $43,500 first-place prizes.

 

The SWATCH-FIVB World Tour continues next week in Canada before returning to Europe for the third grand slam event in Berlin July 10-15 followed by a stop in Marseille and the $1-million SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Gstaad, Switzerland.

  
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