It was an almost perfect day for Brazil at the Beach Volleyball World Cup being played in Rome. Due to the clash between two women’s doubles, the country could go on with just six doubles in the tournament after Thursday’s round of 16. Five have achieved this feat. On the men’s side, Brazil continues with all its teams in the competition. Four of the eight quarter-final doubles are Brazilian.
Bruno and Saymon win the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Rome – Photo: FIVB
Andre and George beat Australia’s Nicolaidis and Carraccer and will face Bruno Schmidt and Saymon, who beat Cherif and Ahmed of Qatar, this Friday at 8 a.m. With that, Brazil is already assured of a double in the semi-finals. Alison and Guto, who beat cousins Grimalt of Chile, face Mol/Sorum of Norway at 2 p.m. Renato and Vitor Felipe, who made a spectacular comeback against Nicolai and Cottafava of Italy, take on Nõlvak and Tiisaar of Slovenia at 4 p.m.
In the female category, Duda and Ana Patrícia are the only remaining national representatives. They beat Carol Solberg and Bárbara and face Sarah Pavan and Melissa Paredes on Wednesdays starting at 6 a.m. The Canadians were responsible for eliminating Talita and Rebecca, this Thursday, in the round of 16.
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Canadians become “Brazilian torpedo boats”
With some ease, Duda and Ana Patrícia won the Brazilian showdown against Carol Solberg and Bárbara by two sets to nil, partials of 21/16 and 21/17. This is the fifth game between the duos and the fifth win for the younger team, which has topped the scoreline virtually all of the time.
Duda and Ana Patrícia beat Carol Solberg and Bárbara at the Rome World Cup – Photo: FIVB
With qualification for the quarterfinals in hand, Duda and Ana awaited the next result to find out if they would have another green and yellow duel against Talita and Rebecca or if they would face Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Paredes. It was a very balanced duel. The Brazilians won the first set by 21/16. The rivals came back in the second on 11/21. In the deciding set, Talita and Rebecca had the ball to close the match, but they missed the decisive hour and ended up being beaten by 18/16.
Duda and Ana will be tasked with overthrowing the current world champions, who have become “destructors of Brazil” in the tournament. In addition to Talita and Rebecca, they eliminated Taiana/Hegeile in the previous phase.
Brazil got off to a good start in Thursday’s clashes. André and George faced the Australians Nicolaidis and Carraccer who have a faster style of play, looking to surprise. But they adapted well and won easily, securing their first national spot in the quarter-finals. The victory was made by two sets to nil, with a double 21×15.
André and George beat Australia in the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Rome – Photo: FIVB
The second men’s match of the day was much more exciting. Bruno Schmidt and Saymon took on Qatari athletes Cherif and Ahmed. They won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics and are one of the best pairs on the circuit. But the Brazilians played an extremely safe game in the turn of the ball and managed to win by two to zero, with a double 21×19.
Alison and Guto were the third men’s duo to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. Facing Grimalt’s cousins from Chile, the Brazilian duo suffered in the first set and only managed to win the partial in the 24-22, after a turn in the final stretch of the partial. In the second set, with Guto sweeping the court, the pair closed at 21-17.
In the last match, the biggest emotion of the day. Vitor Felipe and Renato faced Nicolai and Cottafava and got off to a poor start. The Italians made it 21-11 in the first set and looked confident to win the match. But the Brazilian duo pulled themselves together, winning the second round by 21-19 and even overturning the tie-break by winning 15-13.
The Brazilians meet in the quarter-finals
8am – André/George (BRA) x Bruno Schmidt/Saymon (BRA)
2pm – Alison/Guto (BRA) x Mol/Sorum (NOR)
4pm – Renato / Vitor Felipe (BRA) x Nõlvak / Tiisaar (ESL)
6am – Duda/Ana Patricia (BRA) x Pavan/Melissa (CAN)
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