Top seeds Vakili and Salemi start Vizag Open with win over hosts

Visakhapatnam, India, March 1, 2019 – Top-seeded pair Arash Vakili and Bahman Salemiinjehbouroun of Iran opened their campaign with a win in their first pool play match at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Vizag Open on Friday.

The Iranians faced the host nation’s Pralhad Dhawasker and Anil Shirobkar in a tough three-set duel, where the home side claimed a stunning win in the opening set. Vakili and Salemi recovered from the setback to prevail with a 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-11) win in Pool A.

In the other Pool A encounter, the match between Hitoshi Murakami and Takashi Tsuchiya of Japan and the Czech Republic’s Martin Sramek and Dominic Samec went down to the wire as both sides won each set with just a two-point margin. In the end, the Japanese side succeeded to win 2-1 (19-21, 29-27, 15-13).

The action in Pool B saw India’s Ram Dhawaskar and Aaron Pereira and Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Ya-Jen and Wang Chin-Ju overcoming their respective opponents in tiebreakers.

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Canada’s Sergiy Grabovsky and Cameron Wheelan cruised to a 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) win in Pool C, while their compatriots Jake McNeil and William Hoey had a tougher ride to post a 2-1 (21-13, 13-21, 15-11) in Pool D.

Germany’s Armin Dollinger and Simon Kulzer and South Africa’s Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams also won their matches in Pools C and D, respectively.

The pool play matches will continue on Saturday, March 2, starting at 07.30 local time.


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