All set for Main Draw of Manavgat Open after completion of qualification round

Manavgat, Turkey, June 20, 2018 - After two rounds of qualifications, eight teams – four per gender, including two from Belgium and another two from Japan – qualified for the Main Draw of the Manavgat 1-Star FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event which takes place from Wednesday to Saturday in Turkey.

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Junki Hatabe and Momota Shimada from Japan opened the men’s qualifications on the centre court playing against Norway’s Sadegh Mohajer/Kjetil Tellnes. The strong defence game of the Norwegians and Mohajer’s incredible service contributed towards a landslide 21-12 first set win for the Scandinavian side. After the second set (21-19), however, the Japanese had drawn level in the match and by showing much determination, Hatabe and Shimada emerged victorious from the tiebreak as well (15-13).

In the other matches of the first round, Hugo Rojas/Inocencio Lario (ESP), Florian Ertl/Mathias Seiser (AUT), Jérémy Silvestre/Adrian Caravano (FRA), Lander Vandecaveye/Louis Vandecaveye (BEL) and Jannes van der Ham/Sven Vismans (NED) beat their respective opponents 2-0 and progressed to the next round.

The afternoon session started with Denmark’s Mads Rosager/Martin Trans Hansen comfortably routing Hatabe/Shimada 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) to secure their spot in the Main Draw. Spain’s Lario/Rojas played against Ertl/Seiser (AUT), with the Spaniards catching a promising start to take the first set 21-14. However, the Austrians responded by playing very aggressively in the second to storm to a comprehensive win. In the deciding set, the Austrian team qualified to the Main Draw after their opponents withdrew due to injury. Van der Ham/Vismans and the Vandecaveyes secured the remaining spots in the Main Draw as they beat opponents from Ukraine and France 2-0.

In the women’s qualification, the Japanese team Satono Ishitsubo/Asami Shiba claimed two consecutive victories to progress to the next round.

Sarah Cools/Lisa Van den Vonder (BEL,) competed against France’s Mia Guyot Polverini/Ophélie Lusson (FRA) and surprised with a 22-20 win in the first set. The French team managed to draw level in the second (17-21). However, Cools and Van den Vonder won the tiebreak 15-12 to join Ishitsubo/Shiba in the Main Draw.

Teams qualified for the main draw:

Ishitsubo/Shiba (JPN)
Vasiliauskaite/Grudzinskaite (LTU)
Habaguchi/Sakaguchi (JPN)
Cools/Van den Vonder (BEL)

Rosager/Trans Hansen (DEN)
Ertl/Seiser (AUT)
Vandecaveye La./Vandecaveye Lo. (BEL)
van der Ham/Vismans (NED)


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