Italians Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth won their first tournament together since July 2016, while Russians Maksim Hudyakov/Ruslan Bykanov earned their second title of the season at the Agadir Two Star.
No. 2 Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen, No. 3 Betsi Flint/Emily Day and No. 24 Caitlin Ledoux/Sarah Sponcil picked up a pair of victories on Saturday to earn a spot in the Haiyang semifinals beginning at 9 p.m. ET. On the men’s side, two Brazilian pairs are among the final four.
Friday brought pool play to an end at the Haiyang Three Star and also included the first elimination round, setting the table for Saturday’s Round of 16.
With the Gstaad Major under way, the Beach Major Series announced its wildcard entries for the Vienna Major, which will be played July 30 – August 5 on Danube Island.
One hundred teams (55 men’s and 45 women’s) made their way to Espinho, Portugal for a chance to compete in the FIVB Four Star event this week. After country quota and qualifying matches, the 32-team fields per gender are set.
The Xiamen Four-Star kicked off with 14 men’s matches and four women’s matches in the first qualifying round. Three men’s matches went to tiebreak, while Americans Doherty/Allen and Kolinski/Evans moved on to Thursday’s second round.
Pool play wrapped up and the final eight spots in the Round of 16 were decided on Thursday at the Kish Island Three Star. Two more qualifiers – Olivier Barthelemy/Romain Di Giantommaso of France and Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter of Germany -made it through, upping the group to five.
The men’s Lucky Losers portion of the 2017 Vienna Beach World Championships has concluded, with four teams advancing to the Round of 32 in a do or die scenario.
There was an Austrian showdown in the Lucky Losers portion of the 2017 Vienna Beach World Championships with Robin Seidl/Tobias Winter overcoming Thomas Kunert/Christoph Dressler 2-0, (25-23, 22-20).
With the Vienna Championships coming up in just over a week, a number of the local teams show the best transportation methods to the Danube Island.