Chiyo and Sakaguchi head Vizag Open women’s semifinal cast

Visakhapatnam, India, March 2, 2019 – Top seeds Chiyo Suzuki and Yurika Sakaguchi of Japan cleared their quarterfinal hurdle on Saturday to lead the cast of semifinalists for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Vizag Open.

Chiyo and Sakaguchi earned their semifinal spot after a 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) win against their compatriots Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba. The Japanese pair retained their unbeaten status in the tournament with three straight-set victories.

Second seeds Martina Bonnerova and Martina Maixnerova of the Czech Republic overwhelmed their rivals Tanna Aljoe and Melissa Fuchs in straight sets (21-11, 21-6).

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Austrian sister duo Nadine and Teresa Strauss sailed through the semifinals following their 2-0 (21-10, 21-13) win over Noy Chorin and Noga Maor, while Vanuatu’s Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko withstood the tough three-set encounter with the United States’ Audrey and Nicole Nourse (13-21, 21-12, 15-10).

On Sunday, the semifinal match between Chiyo/Sakaguchi and the Strauss twins will be played at 08.00 local time, followed by the confrontation between Pata/Toko and Bonnerova/Maixnerova at 09.00.


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