The men’s and women’s finals of the Thanthi TV-Asia Pacific under-21 beach volleyball championship were won by Indonesia and Australia respectively. The final matches were played on 19 May 2013 at Marina beach in Chennai.
In women category, The Australian pair of Mariafe Artacho and Jessyka Ngauamo defeated Japan’s Chiyo Suzuki and Satono Ishitsubo 21-11, 21-12. Mariafe and Jessyka’s all-round performance enabled an easy victory for Australia. The pair was exceptional and brilliant with smashes and blocks. The Australian pair didn’t have any trouble in both sets. Japanese women were not upto the mark. They made far too many errors at the net. They seemed unable to give their best.
In the men’s final, Indonesia’s Mohammad Ashfiya and Rendy Verdan beat Vladislav Pustynnikov and Sergey Bogatu of Kazakhstan 21-16, 19-21, 15-10. Although Kazakhstan players were playing together for the last five years at the International level, Indonesians played very aggressively against them.
India lost in the quarterfinals but three teams managed a berth for the World u-21 championship to be held in Umag, Croatia from June 20 to 23. India-1 (Rajkumar & Yogaraj) & India-2 (Shankar & Mahesh Kumar) in men, and the women’s India-1 (R. Deepika & S. Eshwari) team made the grade. The top six teams in men and women will go to Croatia.