U.S. wins women's gold at Shanghai Open beach volleyball

16:57, May 10, 2010      

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The United States won the women's gold medal, with teams from Brazil winning the silver and bronze medals at the 380,000 US dollars Shanghai Open beach volleyball here on Sunday.

The Shanghai Open was the second of 12 double-gender stops on the 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar.

In the final, third-seeded April Ross and Jennifer Kessy of the United States came from behind to defeat Brazil's top-seeded Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca 15-21, 21-16 and 15-12 in 56 minutes.

It was the seventh career FIVB gold medal for Ross and Kessy, the reigning FIVB world champions.

In 35 FIVB international tournaments together, the Americans have 16 podium finishes. Meanwhile, Juliana and Larissa have earned 58 podium finishes in 75 tournaments.

In FIVB gold medal matches between the two countries, the US victory in Shanghai widened the gap with the USA holding a 45-34 edge.

Ross and Kessy, who improved their record against Juliana and Larissa to 4-9 on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, earned their first win against their Brazilian rivals since the Americans beat them on July 4 to win the 2009 FIVB World Championship in Stavanger, Norway.

In the bronze medal match, Brazil's second-seeded Maria Antonelli and Talita Antunes defeated American sixth-seeded Nicole Branagh and Misty May-Treanor 21-19, 17-21 and 15-11 in 51 minutes.

Earlier on Saturday, fifth-seeded Pedro Salgado and Harley Marques of Brazil beat fourth-seeded Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann of Germany 21-15, 13-21 and 17-15 in 62 minutes to capture the men's gold medal.

Brazil's third seeded Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego defeated American top seeded Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser 21-16, 12-21 and 15-13 in 50 minutes for the bronze medal.

After the Shanghai stop, the 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar continues with a double gender event in Rome on May 17-23 for the season's first Grand Slam event.

Seoul (women) and Myslowice (men) will host single-gender events from May 25-30. After a week break, Moscow hosts the second Grand Slam event on the 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour June 7-14.



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