Asian Games – Beach Volleyball
- Aug. 19 – 28, 2018
- Palembang, Indonesia
Teams from four countries are set to vie for medals in the women’s semifinals, while three countries will be represented in the men’s final four after the quarterfinals on Saturday.
China’s Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia, Indonesia’s Dhita Juliana/Putu Dini Jasita and Japan’s Miki Ishii/Megumi Murakami won in sweeps to advance to the semis. Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova went the distance against China’s Xinxin Wang/Jinjin Zeng in a 21-16, 17-21, 29-27 win to claim their spot.
The field ensures that a new country will win a medal for the time in Asian Games history. Previously, China, Japan and Thailand are the only countries to medal in women’s beach volleyball with China bringing home the last four gold medals.
The men’s semifinal field includes two teams from Indonesia as well as one each from China and Qatar.
Indonesia’s Gilang Ramadhan/Danangsyah Pribadi and China’s Peng Gao/Yang Li earned their spots via sweep.
Ade Candra Rachmawan/Mohammad Ashfiya (Indonesia) and Ahmed Janko/Cherif Samba (Qatar) fought through tiebreak to stay alive in the race for the podium.
Indonesia has won two silver and two bronze in previous Asian Games, while Qatar won the 2016 title. China has won three beach golds (1998, 2006, 2010). Only one beach final has not included a Chinese team – 2002.
Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia (China) def. Desi Ratnasari/Yokebed Eka (Indonesia) 21-16, 21-14
Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova (Kazakhstan) def. Xinxin Wang/Jinjin Zeng (China) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11
Dhita Juliana/Putu Dini Jasita (Indonesia) def. Azusa Futami/Akiko Hasegawa (Japan) 21-19, 29-27
Miki Ishii/Megumi Murakami (Japan) def. Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand) 21-18, 21-7
Gilang Ramadhan/Danangsyah Pribadi (Indonesia) def. Nouh Al Jalbubi/Mazin Al Hashmi (Oman) 21-16, 21-16
Peng Gao/Yang Li (China) def. Abdolhamed Mirzaali/Rahman Raoufi (Iran) 21-15, 21-17
Ade Candra Rachmawan/Mohammad Ashfiya (Indonesia) def. Jiaxin Wu/Mutailipu Aboduhalikejiang (China) 21-16, 19-21, 15-7
Ahmed Janko/Cherif Samba (Qatar) def. Arash Vakili/Bahman Salemiinjehboroun (Iran) 21-16, 18-21, 15-11