Beach Volleyball World Championships Tlaxcala 2023 - News


The Swedish kept control of the match to win in two sets

David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig had to wait longer than they would have wanted for their FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships debut, but the Swedish made the most of it, starting their campaign in the 2023 edition of the tournament in strong fashion.

Playing in the opening match of the 14th edition of the event in Tlaxcala, Mexico, the team ranked second in the FIVB Beach Volleyball Men’s World Ranking had no issues to take Ecuadorians Dany Leon and Marcos Tenorio down on Friday.

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The two-time European champions used their trademark dynamic playing style to dominate the South Americans to a straight-set (21-16, 21-12) victory at the iconic Tlaxcala bullring and collect their first two points in Pool B.

"It was a good start," Åhman reacted. "It was a pretty tough match but we managed to get into it. I thought we played really well on the second set. The people here are really nice. We played in Tlaxcala last year on the Beach Pro Tour and it was a great event. The fans are crazy and it's really fun to play here."

Åhman and Hellvig, who won Beach Pro Tour Elite16 events in Tepic and Hamburg this season, qualified to compete at last year’s World Championships, in Rome, but had to withdraw a few days before the start of the event due to an injury, which postponed their debut in the tournament to 2023.

"It feels really good to have won in our World Championships debut," said Hellvig, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on the eve of the match. "I thought our passing was very strong and that helped us have a powerful offense too. We expect our next matches to be more challenging, so we'll need to be even more focused going forward."

The other match of the day in Pool B saw Australia’s Thomas Hodges and Zachery Schubert defeat Portugal’s Hugo Campos and João Pedrosa also in two sets (21-18, 21-18). Åhman and Hellvig will face the Portuguese on Sunday and the Australians on Monday.

Beach Volleyball World Championships - Match Schedule and Results

Pools A, C, D, E, H, I and L also had duels scheduled for the opening day of the event, with pools F, G, J and K set to hold their first matches on Saturday.

In one of them, in Pool A, defending champions Anders Mol and Christian Sørum of Norway started their title defense on the right foot, producing a two-set (21-13, 21-9) triumph over Mozambique’s Ainadino Martinho and Jorge Monjane in Huamantla. The reigning Olympic and world champions will be back on the court on Saturday, to face Italians Daniele Lupo and Enrico Rossi, who upset Dutch Stefan Boermans and Yorick de Groot with a 2-1 (10-21, 23-21, 15-12) victory.

The opening round of the event will continue until Monday, when the 32 teams that will advance to the elimination rounds will be known. The winners and second-placed teams from each of the 12 pools in each gender will advance to the elimination rounds, as well as the four best-ranked third-placed tandems. The eight remaining third-placed duos will need to play in a lucky loser round, with four of them moving forward.

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