2019-03-04 10:03:00 CET

Europeans do the double in India

German and Czech teams top the podium in Visakhapatnam

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European teams struck gold in India at the weekend at the one-star Vizag Open in Visakhapatnam.

Germany’s Armin Dollinger and Simon Kulzer took the 200 ranking points and 1,000 US Dollars in prize money in the men’s tournament and Martina Bonnerova and Martina Maixnerova of the Czech Republic took the women’s title.

Dollinger and Kulzer fought back to beat Ya-Jen Hsieh and Chin-Ju Wang Chinese Tapei 16-21, 25-23, 11-7 as the Asian duo were forced to retire in the third set. It was both German players’ first ever World Tour medals.

Despite the disappointment for Hsieh and Wang, it was a historic moment: their silver medal was Chinese Tapei’s first ever on the World Tour.

In the bronze medal match Sergiy Grabovkskyy and Cameron Wheelan of Canada saw off the challenge of Japan’s Hitoshi Murakami and Takashi Tsuchiya in straight sets (21-15, 21-17).

Bonnerova and Maixnerova also battled back from losing the first set in the women’s gold medal match, beating Japan’s Yurika Sakaguchi and Chiyo Suzuki 19-21, 21-18, 15-9 in the battle between the top two seeds.

Austrian twin sisters Nadine and Teresa Strauss won their first World Tour medal together by claiming bronze with a straight sets (21-16, 21-18) win over Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko of Vanuatu.

Aussies warm up with golden double

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A number of beach teams warmed up for this week’s three-star World Tour tournament in Sydney by participating in the VolleyFest tournament at Manly Beach over the weekend.

And home fans were treated to two fine performances from Australian teams as Chris McHugh and Zachery Schubert and Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho won gold medals.

McHugh/Schubert defeated Arnaud Gauthier and Quincy Aye of France 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) to win the men's title, while Clancy/Artacho defeated Japanese duo Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-10) in the women's finale. Australians Damien Schumann and Cole Durrant and newly-formed German duo Julia Sude and Karla Borger won the bronze medals for the men and women respectively.

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