Elite16 - Ostrava, CZE - 2023 - Beach Pro Tour 2023 season - News

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The Olympic medallists had a strong day on Saturday, beating teams from Brazil and Italy on their way to the semifinals

The return of Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan to the Volleyball Beach Pro Tour continues to go well for the Qataris, who won a pair of matches on Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Elite16 event that’s being held in Ostrava, Czechia, this week.

The Tokyo Olympic medallists will now face American qualifiers Andy Benesh and Miles Partain in one of the semifinals of the Czech tournament on Sunday at 12:00 local time (10:00 UTC), while the home team of Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner will battle Olympic champions Anders Mol and Christian Sørum of Norway on the other side of the bracket, one hour earlier, in a rematch of last year’s gold medal match in Ostrava. The medal matches will be held in the afternoon, with the contest for bronze beginning at 15:30 local time (13:30 UTC) and the final starting one hour later.

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Cherif and Ahmed haven’t competed on the Beach Pro Tour since the Elite16 event held in Tepic, in March. The two decided to skip the tournaments held in Brazil between April and May as Cherif prepared for the birth of his first daughter, but are now back at it.

The Qataris paid a toll for their long absence, dropping two of their three pool play matches in Ostrava, but still made it to the elimination rounds. The Olympic bronze medallists have found their rhythm on Saturday, topping Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-12) in the Round of 12 and Italians Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) in the quarterfinals to make their first semifinal appearance in the season.

Of the four semifinalists, Partain and Benesh had the longest route to the semifinals, having played as many as seven matches since they started their campaign in Ostrava, on Wednesday, on the qualifier. The Americans had two matches on Saturday and overcame Poland’s Michal Bryl and Bartosz Losiak 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) in the Round of 12 and Swedish David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig also in two sets (21-18, 21-0) in the quarterfinals – Hellvig was forced to withdraw from the match at the end of the first set after he sustained a wrist injury.

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The winners of last year’s Ostrava Elite16 event, Mol and Sørum get to the semifinals again with a very consistent campaign. After winning their three pool play matches, the reigning Olympic and world champions got on the court once on Saturday and eliminated Germans Nils Ehlers and Clemens Wickler with a two-set (22-20, 22-20) victory in the quarterfinals.

Perusic and Schweiner, who took silver in Ostrava last year, also remain undefeated in the tournament, now having four wins earned in three days. On Saturday, they dominated French Youssef Krou and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat to a 2-0 (21-18, 21-12) win in the quarterfinals.