Challenge - Goa, IND - 2023 - Beach Pro Tour 2023 season - News

Ren Matsumoto (source:

Ren Matsumoto (source:

Two of the five Japanese pairs participating in the women’s qualifiers at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Goa Challenge made it among the eight pairs who booked the last vacancies in the main draw. Another two actually fell to compatriots in all-Japanese first-round battles. Along with Ren Matsumoto & Non Matsumoto and Asami Shiba & Saki Maruyama, for both of whom this was the first time to succeed in Challenge-level qualifications, two Spanish pairs - Belen Carro & Angela Lobato and bracket leaders Liliana Fernаndez & Paula Soria – were joined by Norway’s Sunniva Helland-Hansen & Emilie Olimstad, USA’s Kimberly Hildreth & Teegan Van Gunst, France’s Clemence Vieira & Aline Chamereau and Czechia’s Miroslava Dunarova & Daniela Resova on the way to the women’s main draw after emerging successful from Thursday’s qualifications in India.

As many as three Austrian teams contributed to Europe’s success in the men’s qualifiers as pairs from the continent snatched all eight tickets to Friday’s main draw. In addition to Paul Pascariuc & Laurenz Leitner, Mathias Seiser & Laurenc Grossig and Robin Seidl & Moritz Pristauz, Marco Krattiger & Florian Breer and Adrian Heidrich & Leo Dillier, both of Switzerland, Poland’s Jedrzej Brozyniak & Piotr Janiak, France’s Samuel Cattet & Olivier Barthelemy and bracket leaders Lukas Pfretzschner & Sven Winter of Germany emerged with second qualification round victories on Thursday.

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13th-seeded Ren & Non were the lowest ranked women’s duo to move successfully from the qualifiers to the main draw in Goa. In their first match, they mastered a shutout of fellow Japanese Ami Shirahata & Nayu Motomura, with Non’s 25-point match high including six aces. The Matsumotos then went on to produce a hard-fought comeback upset of fourth-seeded Finns Sara Sinisalo & Anniina Parkkinen.

Sixth-seeded Shiba & Maruyama started their campaign directly from the second round, delivering a sweep of their game against Czechia’s Valerie Dvorníkova & Anna Pospisilova.

Another Japanese pair, Sakurako Fujii & Sakura Ito, also started their day with a clash against compatriots. After a victory over Kana Motomura & Harumi Sakai, they also met a Czech opponent in the second round, but this one went second-seeded Dunarova & Resova’s way. Resova put away a match-high 26 points, including three of her team’s nine aces.

In a sweeping upset, 12th-seeded Norwegians Helland-Hansen & Olimstad hammered out a shutout of fifth-seeded Charanrutwadee Patcharamainaruebhorn & Woranatchayakorn Phirachayakrailert of Thailand.

In the men’s qualifiers, 15th-seeded Brozyniak & Janiak were the lowest ranked team to make their way to the main draw. In the first round, the Poles disposed of Latvia’s Olivers Bulgacs & Edgars Tocs in straight sets, . Then, in the last match of the day, they produced a upset of second-seeded Wang Yanwei & Li Jie of China, with Janiak piling up five aces and three kill blocks towards a 17-point match high.

13th-seeded Frenchmen Cattet & Barthelemy started with a narrow win over USA’s Evan Cory & Cody Caldwell and went on to knocking out fourth-seeded Australians Mark Nicolaidis & Izac Carracher with a victory in the deciding round.

Playing under number 10 in the qualification bracket, Pascariuc & Leitner were the lowest seeded Austrian duo to qualify. They did not drop a set along the way. After a shutout of Türkiye’s Yusuf Ozdemir & Batuhan Kuru, they were even more convincing against seventh-seeded Norwegians Markus Mol & Jo Gladsoy Sunde to celebrate a victory and a spot among the best 24 of the tournament.