Nine of the top 10 seeds moved on to the men’s Round of 16 at the Yangzhou Four Star. Three American teams rounded out the field, which also includes three Russians and three Brazilians.
Brazilian pair Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt, which has its sights set on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have enlisted the help of a coach who has been there before, Leticia Pessoa. Pessoa has coached her previous charges to three Olympic silver medals.
Sixth-seeded Latvians Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs sewed up their second FIVB gold medal of the year, denying Brazilian duo Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein 21-18, 21-13 in the title match of the Moscow Four Star on Sunday.
Brazilian duo Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein teamed up in June after splitting with their respective partners. The pair has finished as high as fifth at the Warsaw Four Star on July 1, but has not been able to break onto the podium until now.
Brazilians Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein, the No. 13 seed, will battle No. 6 Latvians Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs for the Moscow Four Star gold title on Sunday at 11:20 a.m. ET. The bronze medal will be decided at 7:35 a.m. ET.
Six of the seven teams that moved on to the quarterfinals on Friday won their respective pools. The lone exceptions so far are Brazilians Alison/Andre, who ousted third seeded Brouwer/Meeuwsen.
Teams from nine countries remain among the final 16 men’s pairs at the Vienna Major, including three from Brazil and two each from Austria, Russia, Latvia and the United States.
No. 13 seeded Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb were among four men’s pool winners crowned at the Vienna Major on Thursday before storms halted play.
Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, Brazilians Ricardo Santos/Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes and homestanding Robin Seidl/Philipp Waller highlight the group of eight teams that are moving on from the qualifiers to the Vienna Major main draw.