The Main Draw of the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Sanya Open gets underway on Thursday with Brazilian pair Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas Figueiredo hoping to cause a few more upsets.
Dark horses Bednarczuk and Figueiredo and seven other teams advanced to Thursday’s Main Draw tournament on Wednesday and they will fancy their chances of going even further.
The Brazilians are seeded 29th in this 34-team qualification tournament and they managed to secure wins over China’s Wang Fan and Yue Yuan 21-13 21-9 before downing Inguna Minusa and Inese Jursone from Latvia 21-12 21-9.
Two teams from the Netherlands reached the Main Draw berths and Britain, Mexico, Switzerland, Greece and Finland each had one more team qualifying to complete the field of 32 women’s teams in the main draw tournament.
Featuring reigning world champions and defending event champions Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca from Brazil and Beijing Olympic bronze medallists Xue Chen/Zhang Xi of China, the Main Draw will kick off on Thursday with the final scheduled for Sunday.
Sanya is hosting the FIVB SWATCH World Tour event for the fifth year in a row and this year’s Sanya Open is also included as a part of the Beach Volleyball Qualification Tournament for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
To watch the Sanya Open just follow these simple steps:
- Go to Bet365
- Sign-in & select Live Streaming > beach volleyball
- Watch the FIVB Sanya Open Live