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Prague Open | Men
  17/05/2011 - 22/05/2011

Brazilian teams remain unbeaten in Prague Open main draw

Ricardo (pictured) and partner Marcio, one of three Brazilian teams advancing to the third round
Prague, Czech Republic, May 19, 2011 – All three Brazilian teams in the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Prague Open remained unbeaten after two rounds on Thursday as teams from the United States, Spain, Russia, Switzerland and hosting country Czech Republic also advanced to the third round. Fourth seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena from the United States were eliminated.

Last year’s silver medalists Alison and Emanuel from Brazil eased through the first two rounds, beating Czechs Jan Dumek and Martin Tichy 21-13, 21-17 and lucky losers Paolo and Matteo Ingrosso 21-19, 21-13. The Italian twins managed to beat Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik in the first round and put up a great show for the audience against top team Alison and Emanuel, but they were no match for the number two seeded Brazilians. “We had absolutely nothing to lose and are happy with our improvements, keeping up with them in the first set,” Matteo said.

Ricardo and Marcio, and Cunha and Pedro were the other Brazilian teams advancing to the third round.

The Prague Open ended for Fuerbringer and Lucena on Thursday after they began with a 21-18, 21-12 loss to Swiss qualifiers Sascha Heyer and Sebastian Chevallier. It did not get any better in the loser’s bracket where they were beaten by Latvia’s Alexandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins 13-21, 21-14, 15-11. After placing fifth in both Brasilia and Shanghai, Fuerbringer was very disappointed. “In both matches the other team served and passed better. No excuses. You should never lose a set 21-12.” Lucena said. “At this level you just cannot have an off-day.”

Swiss team Heyer/Chevallier (seeded 29th) continued their winning streak to reach the third round after defeating European champions Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of the Netherlands 21-16, 17-21, 15-9 in their second main draw match.

“We played three games yesterday in qualifying," Heyer said. "We really got a feel of the court. That was the main difference today.”

Sixth seeded Wu Penggen and Xu Linyin surprisingly lost their first round match to Austria’s Alexander Horst and Daniel Müllner 21-19, 23-21 but survived by winning their match in the loser’s bracket. The Chinese tandem, who won two gold medals on the FIVB Swatch World Tour last year, had a good start this season with a third place in Brasilia and fifth in Shanghai, but failed to beat the lower ranked Horst and Müllner (27th ranked wild card entry). Xu blamed the long journey for their poor performance. “We started the season well, but today we were not stable enough to win the game. We are very tired from travelling, first Brazil, then China and now Europe in just a few weeks.” Skipping Prague was not an option for them however as Xu explained. “We do not want to risk losing points. We will be playing all events this pre-Olympic year in order to qualify for London.”

Reigning Prague and Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers survived a scare in the second round, losing the second set 14-21 thanks to some great serving from siblings Kevin and Andy Ces from France. Eventually the Americans pulled through in the third set prolonging their winning streak record to 37.

Only one out of three Czech teams made it through the opening day of the main draw. Ninth seeded Petr Benes/Premysl Kubala advanced to the third round by first beating multiple gold medalist Martin Laciga and his new partner Jonas Weingart 21-19, 21-16 befroe registering an 18-21, 21-15, 15-11 over Latvians Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins on centre court. Kubala said the home crowd support was great. “It helped us focus. We have learned from last year where we let the pressure get to us and effect our performance.” Benes and Kubala finished 17th last year.

The $190,000 Prague Open main draw continues on Friday with the semifinals being played on Saturday and the medal matches on Sunday.
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