It is for the seventh-straight season that the World Tour returns to Xiamen, China. The US$300,000 Xiamen Open will be gathering the beach world elite in southeast China. After country-quota and qualification matches, main draw starts on April 25. Quarterfinals will be played on April 27 and medal matches are scheduled for April 28. Semifinals and medal matches will streamed on the FIVB Youtube channel.
The FIVB Xiamen 4-Star event is the first women’s tournament since The Hague beginning of January. Barbara Hermannova and Marketa Slukova are the top-seeds after winning silver at last year’s Hamburg World Tour Finals and gold at the Vienna Major in early August. The Czech duo had also won the the Ostrava 4-star event in front of their home crowd.
Canada’s Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson are the number two seeds while World Tour Final winners Agatha/ Duda (Brazil) are third seeds. The 2018 defending champions Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) will also compete.
In the men’s competiton last season’s newcomers Anders Mol and Christian Sorum are seeded first. The Norwegians took the beach volleyball world by storm in 2018. After winning the Majors in Gstaad and Vienna as well as the the European Championships, the Vikings also won the Hamburg World Tour Finals.
Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek (Poland) and Aleksandrs “Lion King” Samoilovs and Janis Smedins (Latvia) are seeded second and third. Doha surprise winners Esteban and Marco Grimalt from Chile will be seeded 11th. Their opponents in the Doha final, Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser, are also amongst the participants and will try to make up for the gold medal match loss. There will be a new champion on the men’s side since 2018 winners Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Igor Velichko have teamed up with new partners.
Check out all participating teams on the official event page.