Top seeds Andre Loyola Stein and George Souto Maior Wanderley won their pool with a flourish today in the Port Dickson Beach Open near Kuala Lumpur.
The Brazilians got into the winning groove in this International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour event with a 21-12, 21-10 result against home players Elangovan Yogeswaran and Ting Jackson Kiet Sing.
They then beat Dutch pair Ruben Penninga and Jasper Bouter 21-16, 21-16.
“It was windy and difficult to play because the wind was blowing from different directions, but we had patience and stuck together in spite of errors,” George told FIVB.
Meanwhile, their compatriots Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Filho ruled in the other pool as they beat Malaysia’s Gee Jia Wei and Kwan Young Kuck 21-6, 21-7 and then fellow countrymen Thiago Barbosa and Oscar Brandao 21-17, 21-10.
In the women’s competition, three German pairs won their respective pools.
Second seeds Karla Borger and Julia Sude won 21-11, 21-14 against the Czech Republic’s Sara Olivova and Karolina Rehackova, then prevailed against France’s Alexandra Jupiter and Aline Chamereau 19-21, 21-17, 15-10.
Defending Olympic and world champion Laura Ludwig and partner Margareta Kozuch earned a 21-19, 21-13 win over Ukraine’s Inna and Irina Makhno, followed by a 21-12, 21-16 victory over Norway’s Ingrid Lunde and Oda Johanne Ulveseth.
In Pool C, Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider beat Russia’s Ekaterina Syrtseva and Alexandra Moiseeva 21-16, 15-21, 16-14, before closing their day with a 21-19, 21-16 win over the United States’ Corinne Quiggle and Amanda Dowdy.