2017-08-01 18:30:00 CEST
An all-German affair awaits while the top and fourth seeds will face teams who progressed via the lucky losers stage
Wang Fan and Yue Yang are through to the last-32 of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 after prevailing in a three-set bonanza in their lucky loser contest.
The Chinese stars finished third in Pool G, but they didn’t disappoint in their bid to continue their elimination quest, defeating Germany’s Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider in a match befitting Red Bull Beach Arena.
Wang/Yue had taken the lead in a tense opening set, 21-19, but when the Germans responded with a 21-18 effort, we were all set for a showcase decider.
And it didn’t disappoint, with the Chinese 18th seeds putting in a brilliant third set to win 15-7 to set up a tie with fourth seeds Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst.
“We are so happy, it is such a good feeling to win this match in front of all these fans,” said Wang.
“Germany are so good, they are such a dangerous team so we had to try really hard to beat them and we’re really happy to do that.
“The fans were so amazing, so good. It was a very hot game but there was a nice breeze which really helped, we loved the game, now we are looking forward to playing again. We didn’t want to go home yet.”
Joining Wang and Yue in the next round are Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta, who were forced to come from behind in their own three-game epic.
They’ll now face top seed Brazilian top seeds Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca for a place in the last 16, a fixture that looked unlikely when Canada’s Taylor Pischke and Jamie Lynn Border took the opening rubber 21-18.
But the Argentinians upped their game to secure 17 attack points in the second set on their way to a 21-19 equalizer, then going on to close out the contest 15-7 – a game lasting close to an hour in the demanding Viennese heat.
There was more straightforward progress for Cuba however, as Lidiannis Echeverria and Leila Martinez continued their Austrian journey.
That was courtesy of a 21-14, 21-19 win over Russia’s Ekaterina Birlova and Nadezda Makroguzova, now preparing to come up against Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel as the road to the final narrows down
Finally, Julia Grossner and Nadja Glenzke will face Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude in a tasty all-German affair after they defeated Gabriela Filippo and Erika Bobadilla 21-12 21-18.
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