International beach volleyball shares Shanghai world sporlight

18:18, May 04, 2010      

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With the opening of the 2010 World Expo on Friday in Shanghai, beach volleyball shared the world spotlight with the Chinese port city as the Swatch FIVB World Tour men's and women's Shanghai Open returned to Jinshan district for the seventh-straight year this week.

A total of 75 men's and 64 women's teams from 35 countries have entered the Shanghai Open, including tandems from Australia, Brazil, China, the United States, Russia and Spain.

The main draw of men's competitions will be held from Wednesday while women's main draw first round starts on Thursday.

The medal matches for the Shanghai Open will be played Saturday for men and Sunday for women at the Jinshan Beach Volleyball Complex. With the Shanghai stop being the second of 12 double gender stops on the 2010 Swatch FIVB World Tour calendar, the winning teams will share the 30,000 U.S. dollars first-place prize.

Among the participants are men's defending champions Alison Cerutti and Harley Marques and women's title holders Maria Antonelli and Talita Antunes. Three of the four beach volleyball gold medal winners from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will also take part in the 2010 Shanghai Open.

After the Shanghai Open, the 2010 Swatch FIVB World Tour calendar continues with a double gender event in Rome (May 17-23).

Source: Xinhua


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