2016-04-11 15:38:00 CEST

Italians reign supreme in Doha

Carambula and Ranghieri triumph in Qatar to aid Olympic chances

Photocredit: Andreas LangreiterPhotocredit: Andreas Langreiter

Watch out Rio! Italian pair Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri boosted their hopes of booking a place at this summer’s Olympics with a fantastic straight-sets win in the Qatar Open last Friday.

The Italians were in imperious form to put Austrian opponents Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl, to the sword, triumphing 2-0 (21-17, 21-19) at Al Gharafa Sports Club.

Showcasing their trademark mix of energy and serving power on court, Carambula and Ranghieri powered to victory to secure a second gold medal in their last five tournaments – what an achievement!

And with vital Tour points in the bag, it came as no surprise that the Italians were thrilled with their latest success – just six months after they won gold in the Antalya Open in October.

“This is a huge victory for us, I think it puts us right in with a chance of the Olympics,” Carambula told FIVB.org. “We’ll be going to China (Fuzhou Open) and then back to Rome to prepare for the Grand Slam in Moscow.”

Match-winner Ranghieri added: “We were just having fun. It was hard and we had some hard moments that we had to resolve, but we just did our best in every single game and we’re really happy.”

However, the story wasn’t a happy one for silver medallists Huber and Seidl.

“Our first final and our first silver medal,” Seidl said afterwards. “It is nice and good, but after the match you are not satisfied if you lose. We enjoyed playing here and we came really close.”

Next stop on the Road to Rio is the Xiamen Open in China between 12-17 April where valuable ranking points are up for grabs ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

Sand will definitely be flying with so much at stake with the Olympics on the horizon, so stay tuned for news, photographs and results from China on swatchmajorseries.com and across our social networks this week!

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