The men played just one round of qualifying matches at the Vienna Major on Tuesday with the action set to wrap up on Wednesday. Round 2 will feature an all-American pairing and an all-Swiss matchup among eight contests.
The table is set for Saturday’s Round of 16 with pool play and the first elimination round in the books for both genders, with eight of the Top 10 men’s seeds and nine of the Top 10 women’s moving on.
The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers on the men’s side, including defending Fort Lauderdale gold medalists Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa, the No. 3 seed from Brazil, are out. On the women’s side, Americans Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day were one of eight teams to move on to the main draw.
No. 3 seed Mariusz Prudel and Jakub Szalankiewicz of Poland prevailed for the Kish Island gold medal in just their second FIVB tournament together, following a fifth-place showing at the Hague in January.
Qualifiers Alexander Walkenhorst and Sven Winter of Germany moved into medal contention alongside teams from Austria, Latvia and Poland with two wins on Friday in Kish Island.
Eight teams punched their tickets to the Round of 16 at the Kish Island Three Star on Wednesday, each notching a pair of victories in pool play action.
As action continues at the DELA Beach Open on Saturday, fans can gear up to watch the final two rounds of men’s and women’s play Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. ET and early Sunday morning.
The top nine seeds of the tournament won their opening round pool play matches, with No. 1 Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak of Poland leading the way with a 21-9, 21-13 victory.
The Round of 32 has been set on the men’s side following pool play and the Lucky Loser matches.
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.