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  Paris  2008   Men's Grand Slam
17.06.2008 -  22.06.2008


Upsets send 8 men's teams to quarters in SWATCH FIVB World Tour Paris

Paris, France, June 21, 2008 - With the top two-seeded Beach Volleyball teams eliminated, eight teams advanced here Saturday morning to men's quarter-finals of the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem. The quarter-finals will be played Saturday afternoon in the SWATCH FIVB World Tour competition.

Both top-seeded tandems of No. 1 Emanuel Rego and Recardo Santos of Brazil and second-seeded Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann of Germany were eliminated in a pair of three-set matches.

Play continues through Sunday on the sand courts at the Champs de Mars within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.

China's fifth-seeded Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu of China defeated Ricardo and Emanuel, 13-21, 23-21 and 15-13 in a 60-minute match while sixth-seeded David Klemperer/Eric Koreng of Germany beat their training partners, Brink/Dieckmann, 13-21, 21-18 and 15-9 in 51 minutes.

Emanuel and Ricardo won the last two SWATCH FIVB World Tour events in Poland and Berlin while the Chinese pair has placed second three times in 2008.

The two German teams have now met three times on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, splitting two matches last season Berlin prior to the Klemperer/Koreng victory Saturday.

The highest-seeded team advancing Saturday morning was third-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the United States who won in two sets over 16th-seeded Mischa Urbatzka and Jonas Reckermann of Germany, 21-13, 21-18 in 41 minutes.

Seventh-seeded Harley Marques and Pedro Salgado of Brazil came from behind to edge eighth-seeded Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal of the United States, 14-21, 21-13 and 19-17 in 57 minutes while 14th-seeded Igor Kolodinsky and Dmitri Barsouk of Russia defeated 22nd-seeded Sascha Heyer and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland, 21-14 and 26-24 in a 47-minute match.

In another three-set match, 12th-seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings of the United States advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating 31st-seeded Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia, 21-19, 18-21 and 21-19 in 76 minutes, the longest match of the tournament so far.

24th-seeded Renato "Geor" Gomes/Jorge "Gia" Terceiro of Georgia also advanced, upsetting 18th-seeded Stein Metzger and Mark Williams of the United States, 22-20 and 21-16 in 49 minutes.

Also advancing was fourth-seeded Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil of the Netherlands who needed to come from behind in three sets to defeat 25th-seeded Clemens Doppler and Peter Gartmayer of Austria, 51-21, 21-15 and 15-8 in 48 minutes.

Saturday afternoon's quarter-final match-ups will be: Klemperer/Koreng of Germany vs. Geor/Gia of Georgia; Fuerbringer/Jennings of the United States vs. Nummerdo/Schuil of the Netherlands; Dalhausser/Rogers of the United States vs. Barsouk/Kolodinsky of Russia and Harley/Pedro of Brazil vs. Wu-Xu of China.

The fourth annual Henkel Grand Chelem will conclude with the medal matches for both genders Sunday afternoon.  Each gold-medal team will share the $43,500 first-place prizes for the second of six SWATCH FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events in 2008.

Led by Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, four teams from the United States advanced to the Henkel Grand Chelem women's Saturday quarter-finals.  May-Treanor and Walsh are seeking their fourth Paris medal after capturing the titles in 2005 and 2007 and placing second in 2006.

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