FIVB/P1440 Las Vegas Open
- Las Vegas Festival Grounds; Las Vegas, Nevada
- Oct. 15-21, 2018
- Watch Live: Men; Women
- Watch Live: Finals will air live at 4 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2
Just three of the 16 women’s main draw matches went the distance on Thursday with Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina and Americans Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint/Emily Day coming out victorious.
Nine of the top 10 seeds won their Day 1 match, all save ninth-seeded Americans Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes, which fell to Brazil’s Maria Clara Salgado Solberg/Elize Maia 21-19, 21-18.
Sponcil/Claes were not the only newly formed American duo to stumble in their tournament opener. P1440 founder and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and new partner Brooke Sweat fell to No. 15 seed Dutch duo Joy Stubbe/Marleen van Iersel (21-16, 21-14).
“We did some good stuff out there,” Sweat said after the defeat. “I need to clear up my passing a little bit, but there were some positives, so we need to go back and pick a little bit more and figure things out for tomorrow. We’re a new team, so we’ll have to figure things out as we go. It’s a long process, with a lot of learning and I’m looking forward to it. I know it’s going to take time, but it’s all going to happen.”
Of the six American pairs in the main draw, three were victorious with top seeded Summer Ross/Sara Hughes handling China’s MeiMei Lin/Zhu Lingdi in Pool A.
Of the five Brazilian teams in action, four picked up wins, with the fifth, Taiana Silva Bigi/Victoria Lopes Pereira, falling at the hands of countrywomen and fellow qualifiers Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado (21-13, 21-15).
Of the eight qualifying teams, just three won their main draw opener – Ana Patricia/Rebecca, Maria Clara/Elize Maia and Flint/Day.
Women’s main draw action continues on Friday.
Summer Ross/Sara Hughes (USA) def. MeiMei Lin/Zhu Lingdi (China) 21-16, 21-18
Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina (Latvia) def. Taru Lahti/Anniina Parkkinen (Finland) 21-16, 19-21, 17-15
Joy Stubbe/Van Iersel (Netherlands) def. Brooke Sweat/Kerri Walsh Jennings 21-16, 21-14
Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) def. Kristina May/Taylor Pischke (Canada) 21-12, 21-14
Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada) def. Chiyo Suzuki/Reika Murakami (Japan) 21-14, 21-14
Betsi Flint/Emily Day (USA) def. Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (Spain) 21-16, 15-21, 15-10
Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado (Brazil) def. Taiana Silva Bigi/Victoria Lopes Pereira (Brazil) 21-13, 21-15
Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtiainen (Finland) def. Fan Wang/Chen Xue (China) 21-15, 21-17
Josemari Alves/Liliane Maestrni (Brazil) def. Kinga Kolosinska/Katarzyna Kociolek (Poland) 23-21, 22-20
Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen (USA) def. Jolien Sinnema/Laura Bloem (Netherlands) 21-19, 16-21, 15-11
Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland) def. Ingrid Lunde/Oda Ulveseth (Norway) 21-16, 21-18
Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii (Japan) def. Xinxin Wang/Xinyi Yia (China) 21-17, 24-22
Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) def. Brittany Howard/Nicole Branagh 21-19, 21-15
Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth (Italy) def. Amaranta Fernandez Navarro/Angela Lobato Herrero (Spain) 21-14, 21-18
Ana Patricia Silva Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva (Brazil) def. Anna Behlen/Cinja Tillmann (Germany) 21-16, 21-14
Maria Clara Salgado Solberg/Elize Maia (Brazil) def. Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes (USA) 21-19, 21-18