Throughout the Silesia Open, the players had to deal with severe wind, which might explain some of the surprising results. Wu and Xu lost 16-21, 21-16, 18-20 against the Austrians Alexander Horst and Clemens Doppler. This left the Chinese in a rather disappointing ninth place. Still, they proved their potential and will surely up their game in front of their home crowd next week in China.
Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera proved in good shape again, but came off second best in the semi final against the Brazilians Marcio and Pedro despite taking the first set.
Italian FIVB Hero Paolo Nicolai shared the same fate, as he lost a thrilling match with his partner Daniele Lupo against the top seeded Ricardo and Cunha 16-21, 22-20, 17-19.
In the bronze medal match, Herrera and Gavira handled the wind extremely well and gave the Italians no chance, winning 21-16, 21-11.
“We expected a more difficult match, as the Italians were very good this tournament”, Herrera explained after the match.
Despite losing their last match, Nicolai was happy with their performance: “If someone had told me on Tuesday that we would be in the semifinal, I would have said they were crazy.”
With third place, the Spaniards finish on the podium for the second time in a row at the Silesia Open.
In the final, Ricardo and Cunha won a very close match with 21-8, 19-21, 15-13 against Marcio and Pedro, although it looked like an easy game after the first set.
Next week, the first Grand Slam this year takes place in Shanghai and we can expect to see most of our FIVB Heroes back on the tour. Stay tuned for all the news you need from this standout tournament!