The knock-out stage of the women's tournament began in The Hague ©FIVB

Slovakia's Andrea Strbova and Natalia Dubovcova progressed to the second round of competition at the International Volleyball Federation Beach World Tour event in The Hague.

The pairing had finished as runners-up in their pool yesterday, following a victory and loss in the Dutch city.

It saw them advance to the first round at the four-star event in the Sportcampus Zuiderpark, with all pool winners earning a bye into the second round.

Strbova and Dubovcova faced the challenge of the Japanese pairing Takemi Nishibori and Ayumi Kusano.

The Slovakian pairing fell behind early in the contest, with their rivals taking the opening set by a 21-13 score.

A strong fightback saw Strbova and Dubovcova win the second by the same score, which forced the match into a decider.

The duo maintained their momentum to clinch the third set 15-11 to book their place in the second round.

They will now face the challenge of the United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat.

The home pairing of Marleen Ramond-van Iersel and Joy Stubbe also battled into the second round.

The pool phase of the men's competition concluded today ©FIVB
The pool phase of the men's competition concluded today ©FIVB

They overcame the Russian duo Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina 23-21, 21-19.

The result set up a clash with Spain’s Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan.

The pool stage of the men’s competition also concluded today, with the knock-out phase beginning tomorrow.

Russia’s Valeriy Samoday and Taras Myskiv were among those to top their pool and secure a place in round two.

Their compatriots Ilya Leshukov and Konstantin Semenov also achieved the feat by winning both of their pool matches.