China’s Xue Chen (R) and Zhang Xi stand on the podium at the 2010 Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Haikou, capital of south China’s Hainan Province, Oct. 24, 2010. The Chinese pair claimed the title of the event after beating Kazakstan’s Tatyana and Irina in the final 2-0 Oct. 24.
Olympic bronze medalists Zhang Xi/Xue Chen won the women’s title at the 2010 Asian Beach Volleyball Championships here on Sunday after beating Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova in the final.
Wu Penggen/Xu Linyin, China’s top men’s pair, beat Andy Ardiansyah/Koko Prasetyo Darkuncoro from Indonesia 21-18, 21-16 in 39 minutes to retain their crown.
Zhang and Xue showed their power from the outset and took the first set with ease, 21-13.
The Chinese pair played ever more aggressively in the second set and cruised to a 21-7 victory.
"We have made lots of preparation before the match," said Xue, noting that it’s the first time they fought against Kazak players. "We controlled the situation since the match started and we did very well in attack and defense today."
Zhang told Xinhua she and Xue would leave for Sanya after the event to prepare for the World Beach Volleyball Tour.
Japanese ShinakoTanaka/Sayaka Mizoe downed Phokongploy Yupa/Kulna Kamoltip of Thailand 21-19, 14-21, 19-17 to win the bronze medal of the women’s competition, while Chinese pair Gao Peng/Li Jian rallied to beat Alexey/Alexandr from Kazakstan 19-21, 21-16, 15-8 to place third in the men’s event.
A total of 49 professional pairs from 17 countries and regions took part in the Asian championships.
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