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Brazil beats China to win BV challenger
2007-08-20 09:18:00   Xinhuanet  

 

Gold medalists Brazil's Angela Vieira (C Front) and Cunha Vivian (2nd L), silver medalists China's Yue Yuan (1st L) and Zhang Wenwen (Back), bronze medalists Thailand's Kamoltip Kulna (2nd R) and Yupa Phokongploy pose for photos on the podium during the awarding ceremony at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. (Xinhua/Sadat)

China's Yue Yuan (R) and Zhang Wenwen react on the podium during the awarding ceremony at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen lost to Brazil's Angela Vieira/Vivian Cunha and won the silver medals. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Brazil's Angela Vieira (R) and Vivian Cunha celebrate after beating China's Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen 2-0 during the final match at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Brazil's Angela Vieira (Front) and Vivian Cunha celebrate after beating China's Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen 2-0 during the final match at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. (Xinhua/Sadat)

China's Yue Yuan competes during the final match against Brazil's Angela Vieira/Vivian Cunha at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen lost the match 0-2 and won a silver medal. (Xinhua/Wang Xiaochuan)

China's Zhang Wenwen (Back) smashes the ball during the final match against Brazil's Angela Vieira/Vivian Cunha at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen lost the match 0-2 and won a silver medal. (Xinhua/Wang Xiaochuan)

Thailand's Kamoltip Kulna (R) and Yupa Phokongploy act during their match against Switzerland's Sarah Schmocker/Isabelle Forrer at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. Kamoltip Kulna/Yupa Phokongploy won the match 2-1 and claimed the bronze medals. (Xinhua/Sadat)

China's Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen (L) jubilate after scoring a point during the final match against Brazil's Angela Vieira/Vivian Cunha at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. Brazil's Angela Vieira/Vivian Cunha claimed the title after beating Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen 2-0. (Xinhua/Wang Xiaochuan)

Thailand's Kamoltip Kulna (L) and Yupa Phokongploy react on the podium during the awarding ceremony at the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Women's Challenger in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2007. Kamoltip Kulna/Yupa Phokongploy beat Switzerland's Sarah Schmocker/Isabelle Forrer 2-1 and claimed the bronze medals. (Xinhua/Sadat)

BEIJING, August 19 (Xinhua) -- Fourth seeds Angela Vieira/Danielle da Conceicao Cunha Vivian from Brazil beat Yue Yuan/Zhang Wenwen from China to win 2007 FIVB women's beach volleyball challenger here on Sunday.

The Brazilian team converted on the second match point in the final, sharing 9,000 US dollars after overwhelming the home-favored pair 21-15, 23-21.

Showing few signs of vulnerability, Vivian and Vieira stormed to a 8-3 lead in the opening set and never allowed the Chinese players to overtake the lead.

But all good things almost came to an end when Yue and Zhang turn the match back to their side by a late charge in the second set leading 20-17.

Vivian, holding her nerve on the serving line to undermine the Chinese setting, helped the team save three set points and even overtake the lead at 21-20.

Letting the thunderous crowd down, Yue and Zhang, who earned 5,500 US dollars as second place prize, admitted that it was still a surprise to win a silver medal, adding that the matches helped them grow a lot.

Earlier Sunday morning, Thai duo Kamoltip Kulna/Yupa Puklongploy overcame the second set slump to beat Swiss Isabelle Eusabeth Klara Forrer/Sarah Schmocker 21-14, 18-21, 15-12 in the third place match.

"Just like yesterday, we were very much looking forward to the match, but we did not play our best," Forrer said.

"There was still a chance to win when we were only a couple of points behind, but we just let it go. Our opponents were dominant in defense and we are not concentrating enough because we were tired."

One of the 42 test events planned for Beijing Olympic venues to assess preparations for the August 8-24 Games next year, the challenger was played in absence of the world's top players who are competing in Finland Open.

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