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12.06.2010 - Americans & Chinese Join Brazilians in Moscow Grand Slam Women’s “Final Four

Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2010 – Led by defending champions Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, two teams from Brazil were joined by Beach Volleyball pairs from China and the United States in reaching the semi-finals of the US$600,000 Grand Slam presented by SEAT after winning quarter-final matches here Saturday.

The third annual women’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop in the Russian capital on the Poklonnaya Gora (Victory Park) was played Saturday as part of the country’s Russian Day observance with top-seeded Juliana and Larissa defeating teams from Switzerland and Brazil to advance to their 64th international “final four” in 77 appearances.

Third-seeded Maria Antonelli and Talita Antunes joined Juliana and Larissa in the “final four” as the South Americans will be playing second-seeded Jen Kessy/April Ross of the United States and eighth-seeded Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China, respectively, in Sunday’s semi-finals followed by the medal matches where the winning team shares the $43,500 first-place prize.

With two wins Saturday, including a 21-19 and 21-16 win in 39 minutes over the seventh-seeded Salgado sisters (Carolina and Maria Clara), Juliana and Larissa are now 30-1 for matches played in Russia during their FIVB career with a 14-match winning streak.  In addition to the 2009 Moscow title, the Brazilians won the St. Petersburg gold medals in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The 21-year old Xue and Zhang advanced to their first semi-final this season and their 20th overall in 44 SWATCH starts by eliminating fourth-seeded Angie Akers and Tyra Turner of the United States 21-17 and 21-19 in another 39-minute quarterfinal match.  Earlier Saturday, the Chinese eliminated a team from Austria in two sets.

“Chen’s serving was a big difference today,” said the 25-year old Zhang, who teamed with Xue to capture the inaugural Moscow women’s event in 2008.  “We handled the windy conditions on center court and made fewer mistakes.  We are very pleased to reach our first semi-final this year, but will have a very tough match tomorrow against the Brazilians.”

Juliana and Larissa will be playing Xue and Zhang for the third-time this season with victories earlier this year in Brazil and China.  With Xue and Zhang not playing together last season due to the Chinese National Games, Juliana and Larissa won nine of 13 matches in the series from 2006 through 2009 to give the Brazilians an 11-4 edge in the head-to-head meetings.

Antonelli and Talita, who survived an early morning upset bid by 21st-seeded Bibiana Candelas and Mayra Garcia of Mexico (18-21, 21-12, 15-8), roared into their fourth “final four” this season and 15th overall in 19 FIVB starts together with a 21-14 and 21-11 win in 33 minutes over fifth-seeded Nicole Branagh and Misty May-Treanor of the United States.

Kessy and Ross advanced to their eighth-straight SWATCH FIVB World Tour “final four” and 21st overall in 37 international starts together with a 21-23, 21-18 and 15-6 win over seventh-seeded Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig of Germany in 59 minutes.  Kessy and Ross, who have now won nine of 10 FIVB meetings with Goller and Ludwig, have a 6-4 SWATCH against Antonelli and Talita.

The Grand Slam presented by SEAT concludes Monday with the men’s “final four” matches.  After the Moscow stop, the 2010 women’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour takes a two-week break before resuming play in Norway for the $600,000 ConocoPhillips Grand Slam in Stavanger.  The men will compete next week in the Czech Republic at Prague (June 15-20).