Top-seeded pairs miss out on semifinal spots in Novi Sad
2012 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship - Novi Sad Masters
Novi Sad, Serbia, July 7, 2012. Jan Hadrava/Robert Kufa of the Czech Republic will play the fourth-seeded pair of the Main Draw, Austria’s Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl, in the first semifinal of the Novi Sad Masters scheduled for Sunday at noon before Thomas Kaczmarek and Alexander Walkenhorst of Germany take on Francisco Alfredo Marcos and Christian Garcia (Spain) in the second. Quite many surprises highlighted Saturday’s program there at Strand beach and they shall not be excluded also on Sunday when it comes to the matches that will determine the composition of the podium.
Quite unexpectedly Vegard Hoidalen and Oivind Hordvik, the first-seeded pair of the tournament, were edged on Saturday by Hadrava/Kufa in straight sets (20-22, 11-21). “The first set of our game against the pair from Norway was extremely tough but after we seized it, the match turned into a relatively easy task for us. I just loved playing out there on the centre court: the atmosphere was simply great and the weather too” said Czech Jan Hadrava while promising to come back to Novi Sad also next year.
The local heroes Stefan Basta/Igor Tesic re-started their home campaign in the Main Draw by first beating Poland’s Michal Makowski/Dawid Popek. Actually Dawid Popek was literally exhausted after a very tough schedule and trying to cope with the terrific heat wave accompanying the actions there in Novi Sad, so even though he and partner Michal Makowski fought bravely after asking for a medical time-out, they still could not avoid a defeat in straight sets (16-21, 11-21) to Serbia’s national champions, who are also natives of Novi Sad. Basta/Tesic ended their run as they were bested in straight sets (18-21, 17-21) by Mats Kovatsch and Jonas Kissling of Switzerland but still finished seventh in the standings, their best result ever in a CEV tournament, thereby taking home also 300 valuable ranking points from the Novi Sad Masters.
Thrilling and exhilarating games on the first day of the weekend attracted even more fans despite the tropical heat registered in Serbia. The local organizers were once again able to contribute a very dynamic and energizing atmosphere, offering unforgettable moments and a lot of fun to both the spectators and the participating teams.
Tomorrow, on yet another hot and sunny day, the beautiful Strand beach will be the venue of the semifinals at 12 and 1 pm, followed by the third-place match at 3.30 pm and the final at 5 (local time).
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