Polish duo Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak have qualified for the semi-final stages of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Beach World Tour in The Hague.
Day three of the competition saw Rio 2016 Olympic participants Kantor and Losiak defeat compatriots Mariusz Prudel and Jakub Jakub Szalankiewicz 21-19, 21-16 to book their place in tomorrow’s last four at the Sportcampus Zuiderpark.
Today’s victory means the pair, who won three silvers on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 2017, will now come up against local favourites Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of The Netherlands after they defeated Norway's Anders Bernsten Mol and Christian Sandlie Sandlie Sørum in their quarter-final 21-17, 21-13.
Brouwer and Meeuwsen are still chasing their first World Tour gold since the opening event of the campaign, the Xiamen 3-Star event in China.
After his side secured victory against Prudel and Szalankiewicz, Kantor said: “It was a very tiring match because it was another Polish team and we regularly play one another.
“I think we played a good match and we won.
“We know everything about one another from all the training we’ve done together.
“There are no secrets between us."
After his team’s victory against Mol and Sørum, Brouwer said: “This was our best game so far here.
“We are enjoying the energy from the crowd and showing the level we can play with our power beach volleyball.
“We’re looking forward to our semi-final tomorrow.
"But I want us to show the same level and we did now, and to play our game.
“After three matches we got our wins today.
"Now it’s important to enjoy some rest and be ready for tomorrow.”
An all-Dutch final is still a distinct possibility after Christiaan Varenhorst and Jasper Bouter booked their place in the semi-finals after beating Alex Ranghieri and Marco Caminati of Italy 21-17, 21-16.
They will face Latvian pair Martins Plavins and Edgars Tocs, who defeated Ben Saxton and Grant O’Gorman of Canada by a score of 21-15, 22-20 in the first quarter-final of the day.
WOOHOO! April Ross and Alix Klineman beat Hermannova and Slukova of Czech Republic, 21-12, 21-17 in the semis of #DELABeachOpen. U.S. team will play Brazil's Maria Antonelli and Carol for gold on Sunday in The Hague. #gousa 💪🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/rTKntw0pC0— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) January 6, 2018
Today’s women’s events saw the line-ups for the medal matches decided with Carolina Solberg Salgado and Maria Antonelli of Brazil coming out 21-14, 21-19 winners in their semi-final match against Swiss pairing Tanja Hüberli and Nina Betschart.
Salgado and Antonelli will now face April Ross, a bronze medallist at Rio 2016, and Alexandra Klineman of the United States in tomorrow’s final.
Ross and Klineman won 21-12, 21-17 against Barbora Hermannová, a silver medallist at the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour European Championships, and Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic.
Tomorrow will be the final day of action in The Hague with proceedings set to begin at 10:50am local time.