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Beach Volleyball - 03. November 2010.

Womens Beach Volleyball-2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour set to conclude in Thailand


 
 
Chen Xue (left) and Xi Zhang of China seek a 2006 title repeat in Phuket after winning the last SWATCH FIVB World Tour event last Sunday in Sanya, China.
Chen Xue (left) and Xi Zhang of China seek a 2006 title repeat in Phuket after winning the last SWATCH FIVB World Tour event last Sunday in Sanya, China.

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 1, 2010 - The 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar concludes this week in Thailand as the 17-site, 14-country international Beach Volleyball circuit with $6.83-million in prize money returns to Phuket for the fifth-straight season for a women’s-only event on Karon Beach.

The US$190,000 Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT will start on Tuesday with Country Quota playoff matches to set the field for Wednesday’s Qualification Tournament where eight Beach Volleyball pairs will advance to Thursday’s opening Main Draw rounds featuring a 32-team, double-elimination format. The medal matches will take place on Sunday on Karon Beach.

After missing last week’s event in China, five-time SWATCH FIVB World Tour champions Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil are scheduled to headline the Phuket Thailand Open field where seven of the eight top-ranked teams in the world will be competing for the $30,000 first-place prize.


Juliana and Larissa have won seven SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medals this season to become the team with the most victories in international history as the Brazilians have combined to capture 36 titles since 2004. Juliana and Larissa have amassed $351,300 in earnings for 12 events in 2010 with a 70-7 match mark.


China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang, who captured the inaugural Phuket Thailand Open, have claimed three SWATCH gold medals this season and enter this week’s event as the third-ranked team on the FIVB tour behind Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Talita Antunes. Xue and Zhang, who snapped Juliana and Larissa’s 40-match winning streak this season by defeating the Brazilians for the Finnish FIVB title, captured the bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

After two Chinese teams competed in the finals of the inaugural Phuket Thailand Open with Xue and Zhang topping the podium with a win over compatriots Jia Tian and Jie Wang, American pairs have placed 1st and 2nd in the next three Karon Beach finales led by Jen Kessy and April Ross, the reigning FIVB world champions.


Two-time Olympic and three-time world champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh captured the 2007 Phuket Thailand Open gold medal by defeating American rivals Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs in the finals. Then a year later Kessy and Ross won the 2008 crown by beating Branagh and Tyra Turner followed by a 2009 title win over Turner and Angie Akers.

Kessy and Ross will be at the 2010 Phuket Thailand Open along with Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig of Germany and the Brazilian Salgado sisters (Carolina and Maria Clara) as all three teams competed in last week’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour “final four” in China with Xue and Zhang.

Xue and Zhang, who have competed in the last five SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medal matches in Poland, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and China, defeated Germany’s Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig 22-20 and 22-20 in the 45-minute Sanya finale this past Sunday. Xue and Zhang’s other 2010 gold medal finish was at the Russian Grand Slam in June where the Chinese defeated Kessy and Ross in Moscow.


Goller and Ludwig defeated Kessy and Ross 21-14 and 21-14 in the 39-minute Sanya semi-finals as the German pair posted three wins last week over American teams, including victories over Akers/Turner and Branagh/Walsh. Kessy and Ross rebounded to win their third-straight medal in Sanya by defeating the Brazilian Salgado sisters (Carolina and Maria Clara) 21-19 and 21-14 in the 45-minute bronze medal match.


While the 2010 Phuket Thailand Open is the 15th and final stop for women on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, the men’s 14-event calendar concluded at the end of August where teams from the United States dominated the men’s international Beach Volleyball competition by winning 10 events, including nine gold medal finishes for circuit champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers.

2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour Women’s Leaders (through October 31)

Women’s Team Rank, points
1, Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil, 7,200*
2, Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil, 6,180
3, Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China, 6,080
4, Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States, 5,440
5, Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig, Germany, 5,060
6, Carolina Salgado/Maria Clara Salgado, Brazil, 4,000
7, Angie Akers/Tyra Turner, United States, 3,620
8, Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger, Austria, 3,460
9, Barbara Hansel/Sara Montagnolli, Austria, 3,260
10, Nicole Branagh/Misty May-Treanor, United States, 3,240
11, Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands, 3,000
12, Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland, 2,920
13, Vassiliki Arvaniti/Maria Tsiartsiani, Greece, 2,860
14, Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova, Czech Republic, 2,700
15, Emilia Nystrom/Erika Nystrom, Finland, 2,600
16, Andrezza "Rtvelo" Martins/Cristine "Saka" Santanna, Georgia, 2,440
17, Lenka Hajeckova/Hana Klapalova, Czech Republic, 2,400
18, Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany, 2,260
19, Bibiana Candelas/Mayra Garcia, Mexico, 2,000
20, Liesbeth Mouha/Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgium, 1,980
21, Madelein Meppelink/Marloes Wesselink, Netherlands, 1,788
22, Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti, Italy, 1,760
23, Louise Bawden/Becchara Palmer, Australia, 1,740
24, Vivian Cunha/Taiana Lima, Brazil, 1,680
*clinched SWATCH FIVB World Tour championship based on a team’s best 11 finishes.
 

Women’s Team Rank, events, titles, US earnings

1, Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil, 12, 7, $351,300
2, Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China, 14, 3, $262,700
3, Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil, 13, 2, $232,300
4, Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States, 14, 2, $209,100
5, Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig, Germany, 11, 0, $173,400
6, Carolina Salgado/Maria Clara Salgado, Brazil, 14, 0, $122,200
7, Angie Akers/Tyra Turner, United States, 12, 0, $107,150
8, Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger, Austria, 11, 0, $101,400
9, Barbara Hansel/Sara Montagnolli, Austria, 11, 0, $95,600
10, Nicole Branagh/Misty May-Treanor, United States, 9, 0, $95,550
11, Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands, 11, 0, $79,800
12, Vassiliki Arvaniti/Maria Tsiartsiani, Greece, 13, 0, $78,500
13, Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland, 10, 0, $73,550
14, Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova, Czech Republic, 10, 0, $71,700
15, Emilia Nystrom/Erika Nystrom, Finland, 12, 0, $69,300
16, Lenka Hajeckova/Hana Klapalova, Czech Republic, 9, 0, $67,600
17, Andrezza "Rtvelo" Martins/Cristine "Saka" Santanna, Georgia, 13, 0, $64,300
18, Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany, 9, 0, $60,850
19, Liesbeth Mouha/Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgium, 11, 0, $55,300
20, Bibiana Candelas/Mayra Garcia, Mexico, 10, 0, $52,700
21, Louise Bawden/Becchara Palmer, Australia, 12, 0, $51,600
22, Vivian Cunha/Taiana Lima, Brazil, 9, 0, $50,950
23, Madelein Meppelink/Marloes Wesselink, Netherlands, 11, 0, $48,000
24, Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti, Italy, 9, 0, $47,000 

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