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Written by jakarta   
Thursday, 05 November 2009

Sanya, China, October 27, 2009 - After more than 25 months away from the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, Indonesians Andi Ardiansyam and Koko Darkuncoro made a successful return here Tuesday by posting a pair of upset Beach Volleyball wins to advance to the men’s Main Draw at the US$380,000 Sanya Open presented by Olympic Bay.


Seeded 22nd in the 14th and final men’s event on the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour, Ardiansyam and Darkuncoro posted a pair of Qualification Tournament victories Tuesday over pairs from Canada and Great Britain to earn their first Main Draw event since June 2006 in Espinho, Portugal.  With the Sanya Open being their ninth FIVB event together, Ardiansyam and Darkuncoro missed qualifying for the “money” rounds in four 2007 events.

“We are thrilled with our play today,” said the 28-year old Darkuncoro, who placed fourth at the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar with the 30-year old Ardiansyam.  “We feel very confident in our abilities to play against most of the world’s best players.  Due to the costs, it is tough to compete internationally for us.  We look forward to tomorrow where we will be seeking our first-ever Main Draw win together.”

Ardiansyam and Darkuncoro are now 13-6 for SWATCH FIVB World Tour qualifying matches, but are winless in four Main Draw matches as the Indonesians also qualified for the “money” rounds at the 2006 Shanghai stop.  Two of their four setbacks have been to pairs from Beach Volleyball power Brazil, including a 27-25 and 21-19 setback to Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medal winners Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes in Espinho.

With the Chinese province of Hainan hosting a SWATCH FIVB World Tour for the second-straight season, a total of eight teams from seven countries advanced to the Sanya Open Main Draw where play continues through the weekend with the men’s medal matches Saturday on the six courts in front of the Hai Po Resort on Sanya Bay.

The seed-break-through by Ardiansyam and Darkuncoro highlighted Tuesday’s 17-match schedule where top-seeded Philip Gabathuler and Jan Schnider of Switzerland advanced by eliminating 17th-seeded Konstantin Birlov and Yaroslav Koshkarev of Russia 16-21, 21-19 and 15-10 in 60 minutes.  The Swiss had failed in their previous two SWATCH qualifying efforts in Finland and The Netherlands as the second-seeded team.

Venezuelans Jackson Henriquez/Farid Mussa and Igor Hernandez/Jesus Villafane won their only qualifying matches Tuesday as the second- and third-seeded teams in the qualifier with a third team from the South American country (Leonard Colina and Fernando Ramos) being eliminated in three sets to fourth-seeded Thomas Kaczmarek and Mischa Urbatzka of Germany.

Other teams winning qualifying matches Tuesday to advance to the Sanya Open Main Draw were fifth-seeded Sam Boehm/Christopher McHugh of Australia, seventh-seeded Matteo Ingrosso/Paolo Ingrosso of Italy and eighth-seeded Gianluca Casadei/Andrea Tomatis of Italy.

With the Sanya Open Main Draw being the 12th and final SWATCH FIVB World Tour double gender event in 2009, the men’s international play is resuming this week after being on an eight-week layoff since the last men’s stop at the end of August in The Netherlands at The Hague.  The “money” rounds for the men’s Sanya Open begin Wednesday with a 32-match schedule.

While the men’s Qualification Tournament was being staged Tuesday to finalize the 32-team Main Draw field, the women’s Country Quota playoff matches were played for a pair of German teams.  The Sanya Open women’s qualifier will be Wednesday to set the field for Thursday’s opening Main Draw matches.  The women’s “final four” matches will be played Sunday as the winning teams on the weekend will split the $30,000 first-place prizes.

Host China will have three teams in the Main Draw, including Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, Cheng Chen/Shun Zhou, Peng Gao/Jian Li.  Wu and Xu will be playing together for the first-time since the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games where they placed ninth.


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