Best 16 European teams compete on Day two of Main draw

Best 16 European teams compete on Day two of Main draw
After competition of 24 teams on Day one of the Main Draw (16 teams as direct participants and 8 teams that passed qualifications), the best 16 teams move on to the Day two.

The only Serbian representatives in Day two, winners of the Vip Beach Masters in Kragujevac
Jovan Marković and Dejan Jović, were unfortunately eliminated from further competition after being defeated by Polish duo Wojtasik/Szternel 1:2 (21-19, 23-25, 9-15). They passed to the Day two after yesterdays’ victory over another host team Basta/Tešić in a very even match of repassage where both parties struggled until the last point 2:1 (23-21, 18-21, 15-13).

Stefan Basta and Igor Tešić from Novi Sad showed great play yesterday against Russian team Romashkin/Khudyakov, but were defeated 2:1 (23-21, 18-21, 15-13) which, along with defeat from Markovic and Jovic, eliminated them from the tournament. The third host team Nenad Tatić-Nikola Galetin was beaten twice, first from Czech duo Kufa R.-Rotrekl 0:2 (14-21, 13-21) and then from later Smedins-Caics of Latvia and also left the competition.

A thrilling match was played yesterday between the Swiss duo Gabathuler-Schnider and the Belgians Coucke -van Walle 1-2 (19-21, 26-24,11-15). Classy actions highlighted also the game starring Norway’s Horrem/Hordvik and Germany’s Kaczmarek/Walkenhorst; the guys from the country that will play host to the 2011 CEV European Championship Final in Kristiansand next month eventually prevailed 2:1 (21-18, 14-21, and 15-11).

The best 4 teams from today’s competition will fight tomorrow in semi-final matches, while the best 2 teams will meet in the final match and compete for points, golden cup and EUR 10.000 worth award.