Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth get ahead at Fuzhou Open
FIVB: Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth from Italy
Fuzhou, China, April 21, 2016 – Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth from Italy are off to a good start with two opening wins at the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Fuzhou Open.
The Italian pair defeated Japanese qualifiers Ishii Miki and Murakami Megumi in their morning match 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) before meeting Stefanie Schwaiger and Barbara Hansel from Austria in Pool E.
The two teams met one week previously in pool play at the Xiamen Open when the Austrians beat Menegatti/Orsi Toth, 2-1 (17-21, 21-14, 16-14). This time saw another battle with both teams having a hard time finding a way around the other. But Italy managed to keep the match within two sets, 2-0 (21-17, 22-20) and the win puts Menegatti/Orsi Toth at the top of their group after day one of pool play.
“I’m feeling very good because we lost in the pool in the last tournament against them so we wanted to play better and I think we were more aggressive and it worked so we’re happy,” said Menegatti.
“This morning was easier, even though the Japanese team was a new team for us we have never seen them, but I think we played our match we focussed on our side and it worked,” said Menegatti.
Menegatti/Toth have finished just out of the top four in Fuzhou twice before, they also achieved the same result in the Maceio Open and Rio Grand Slam this year.
“Our goal every time is to reach the final day, we are working for that, but we are thinking game by game and stay focussed on how we can play better.
“We had a lot of good games and some bad games and we are trying to find the consistency, I think we are working hard, we are working well as a team and also individually. We have changed some things in our game and I think we need more time but we on a good way,” said Menegatti.