Beach volleyball live streaming continues on Friday with the FIVB SWATCH World Tour women’s Sanya Open in China after an exciting day of action on Thursday.
Home favourites Xue Chen and Zhang Xi are one of seven teams who remain unbeaten following the opening day of the main draw.
Three teams from Brazil, two from Austria and one each from Italy and Switzerland also won two matches in a row on Thursday to stay in the upper bracket.
Number one sees Xue and Zhang, who captured their tenth FIVB World Tour title together last week in Brazil, held off a strong late surge from Brazilian qualifiers Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas Figueiredo for an opening 21-15 24-22 win before seeing off 16th seeds Maria Tsiartsiani and Vasiliki Arvaniti from Greece 21-17 21-15.
Ninth seeds Zhang Changning and Ma Yuanyuan, the other Chinese tandem in contention, were not as lucky. They dropped to a 1-1 win-loss record following an upset defeat Italy’s Gioria Daniela and Giulia Momoli and have now been sent to the losers bracket of the double-elimination Main Draw tournament.
Reigning world champions and number two seeds Larissa Franca and Juliana Falisberta Da Silva, third seeds Maria Antonelli and Talita Da Rocha Antunes, 11th seeds Angela Vieira and Liliane Maestrini, all from Brazil, and 2009 Sanya Open champions Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr of Switzerland were the other teams undefeated after Thursday‘s play.
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