Eight women teams remain undefeated at Brasilia Open beach volleyball

14:37, April 22, 2010      

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In the first day of women's main draw competition, eight teams remained undefeated Wednesday in the double-elimination Brasilia Open, the season-opening event on the 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour Beach Volleyball calendar.

Three teams from the United States and two from the host country Brazil won both of their matches, and also advancing after two wins were one team each from Finland, Germany and Russia.

With one loss each and still playing in the 32-team double-elimination tournament are 16 additional teams as eight teams during the first day of play in the main draw.

Brazil's No.1 Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca, the defending champions, led the top-seeded teams advance with wins over teams from Brazil and China to move into the third round of the winner's bracket.

Thousands of spectators crowded into the event site on The Esplanada dos Ministerios in Brasilia, the site for the 380,000 US dollars Brasilia Open.

The Brazilian capital is hosting a SWATCH FIVB World Tour event for the second-season after host country teams won the inaugural Brasilia gold medals in 2009.

The event spectators were also part of the throng estimated at over 1 million people who were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Brasilia as the nation's capitol.

The main draw rounds continue Thursday for the women and start for the men as the teams march into the weekend seeking the 30,000 US dollars first-place prizes for each gender.

The medal matches will be held on Saturday for women and Sunday for men.



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