Author: Yavor Dimitrov

Moscow: Emanuel and Alison with a new pair of gold medals

The Brazilian World Tour ranking leaders Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti won a second consecutive Grand Slam this weekend after defeating the experienced Swiss couple Patrick Heuscher and Jefferson Bellaguarda.     Despite the rain in Moscow the Cariocas managed to win the title, but had to play three sets and struggle in the tie-break. The Swiss pair demonstrated impressive serve ablities, which helped them equalise the score at one set each, but was not enough for their first trophy together. The victory in the final (21-16, 18-21, 17-15) established Emanuel-Alison as the best couple of the summer season....

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Big boys back in business in the Swiss Alps

The third Grand Slam event held in one of the World Tour’s temples – Gstaad, in the Swiss Alps, brought a lot of great actions to the audience.       In one of the most important tournaments on the calendar, coming just in the middle of the 2011 season, all the big favourites earned valuable points for the world ranking and made the content for the title even more interesting. As we successfully predicted last week, the Americans Dalhausser-Rogers finally reminded of the good times they had together not long ago by reaching the Sunday final. The opponents...

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Stavanger: Brazil won the battle of ages

Representatives of two generations met in the final of the second Grand Slam event in the Swatch-FIVB World Tour calendar at the Norwegian harbour of Stavanger.     The impressive Vaagen harbour venue hosted this week its 13th consecutive men’s tournament as the city made its debut on the beach volleyball world map back in 1999. It is no surprise, however, that Brazilians were involved in the match for the gold because “cariocas” have won 27 medals in total from beach volleyball events in Norway (including in this number prizes achieved in the open category tournament in Kristiansand). The...

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Emanuel and Alison are the new kings of the beach

Brazilian beach volleyball fans had to wait for six years until they see compatriots take the world beach volleyball title again.         Back in 2005 in Berlin Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes were honoured as world titleholders, but only to remain the last South American champions in that decade. The first major event in the new one, however, starts with Brazilian dominance. It was clear after the draw for the second round that Emanuel and Alison were not going to have an easy walk to the gold medal match. They were drawn in the more difficult...

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Rome 2011: Elimination round kick-off

The FIVB decision to promote a draw instead of a system based on group standings to determine the opponents in the second round split the tournament bracket in a very interesting way.       Three of the world’s top 4 couples were drawn in the lower half of the bracket, whereas the third-ranked Brazilians Marcio Araujo and Ricardo Santos will have to face on their way to the final some of the pleasant surprises in the championship so far. Despite starting the home event on Monday in a great fashion, all Italian couples had some difficulties qualifying to...

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