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.
After qualifying and the first three pool play matches in eight groups, teams from eight countries earned free passes to the second knockout round with pool titles. The victors included the top seven seeds and the No. 9 pair.
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.
The third event of the 2018 Beach Major Series is set for August 1-5 in Vienna, Austria. It is the last five star level event before the World Tour Finals in Hamburg, August 15-19.
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.