Antalya Open 2015 in Turchia/ ARGENTO by Marta Menegatti & Viktoria Orsi Toth, ORO per Slukova & Hermannova, BRONZO Kessy & Day


26/10/2015

Nell’intervista prefinale Marta & Viki erano felici per aver vinto anche se – ammettevano – non avevano giocato a meglio del loro beach volley. Come a dire che …la potenzialità della coppia Menegatti & Orsi Toth può regalare sicuramente altri successi sulla strada della Olimpiadi 2016 in Brasile.
Intanto eccovi le loro ‘ottomani’ performance sulla sabbia di Antalya, dove in Turchia per loro ammissione appunto non hanno fatto cose …turche. Altrimenti avrebbero anche vinto la golden medal; ma noi siamo stracontenti di Marta & Viki perché sono ancora una volta, grazie alla preparazione professionale col Ct Lissandro & staffa, sono salite su un podio mondiale e hanno conquistati punti pesanti sulla strada di Brasilia.
Anche per questo ecco, step by step, ciò hanno fatto Marta & Viki and Antalya secondo il vangelo della Federvolley italiana e, per quanto riguarda semifinali e finale, secondo il vangelo del sito www.fivb.com in lingua inglese come si conviene ad una Evento internazionale e ai friends di questo sito in the world.
ANTEPRIMA  NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it, 20-10-2015 ) / Beach Open Antalya: Zuccarelli-Lestini nel main draw
Nell'Open di Antalya le azzurre Agata Zuccarelli e Monica Lestini si sono qualificate al main draw dopo due belle vittorie contro le cinesi Wang X. X. - Ding Jingjing 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-11) e Tang N. Y. - Chen Chunxia 2-0 (21-13, 21-18). Le italiane raggiungono così Menegatti - Orsi Toth in campo domani, così come Tomatis-Colaberardino e Galli - Morichelli impegnati nelle qualificazioni maschili. Giovedì gli ultimi ad esordire saranno Ranghieri - Carambula e Caminati - Rossi. 



PRIMA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 19-10-2015 ) / Beach Volley: domani al via l'Open di Antalya
Inizierà domani in Turchia l'Open di Antalya al quale prenderanno parte le azzurre Zuccarelli-Lestini che saranno le prime a scendere in campo per disputare le qualificazioni. Nel main draw sono invece presenti Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth, così come nel maschile Ranghieri-Carambula e Caminati-Rossi. Partiranno dalle gare di qualificazione Tomatis-Colaberardino-Tomatis e Galli-Morichelli.  
SECONDA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 21-10-2015 ) / Beach Open Antalya: doppietta per Menegatti-Orsi Toth
Nell'Open di Antalya doppietta delle azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth che hanno battuto prima le turche Aktas-Cakmak 2-0 (21-8, 21-11) e poi le venezuelane Pazo-Agudo 2-0 (21-16, 21-17). Prima sconfitta invece per Agata Zuccarelli e Monica Lestini, superate dalle russe Moiseeva-Barsuk 2-0 (21-12, 21-16). Nelle qualificazioni maschili eliminati sia Galli - Morichelli 0-2 (13-21, 17-21) contro i lettoni Tocs-Finsters, che Tomatis-Colaberardino 1-2 (16-21, 34-32, 13-15) contro gli israeliani Faiga-Hilman.


TERZA MAIN NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 22-10-2015 ) / Beach Open Antalya: Menegatti-Orsi Toth agli ottavi di finale
Nell'Open di Antalya prosegue il grande momento di forma delle azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth, che grazie al terzo successo consecutivo contro le francesi Longuet-Jupiter 2-0 (21-11, 21-16) si sono qualificate direttamente agli ottavi finale. Niente da fare invece per le giovani Zuccarelli-Lestini, eliminate dal torneo dopo il ko contro le tedesche Mersmann-Schneider 2-0 (21-14, 21-13). Sul fronte maschile buone notizie arrivano dagli azzurri Ranghieri-Caramabula, autori di due vittorie in giornata: 2-0 (21-10, 21-18) contro i kazaki Babichev-Kuleshov e 2-1 (21-14, 18-21, 15-13) contro i canadesi Pedlow-O'Gorman. Imbattuti anche Caminati Rossi che prima hanno superato 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) gli spagnoli Tomás-Menéndez e poi i lettoni Tocs-Finsters 2-1 (21-14, 14-21, 15-11).
QUARTA MAIN NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it ,  23-10-2015 ) / Beach Open Antalya: i risultati delle coppie italiane
Nell'Open di Antalya le azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth sono approdare ai quarti di finale, dopo aver piegato negli ottavi 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) le tedesche Mersmann-Schneider. Nel prossimo incontro (ore 15) le ragazze di Lissandro se la vedranno con un'altra coppia germanica: Schumacher-Behrens.  Sul fronte maschile gli azzurri Carambula-Ranghieri hanno dato forfait contro i norvegesi Hordvik-Usken, ma sono comunque già sicuri dell'accesso agli ottavi finale. Già qualificati agli ottavi anche Camniati-Rossi, non scesi in campo nell'ultimo incontro della pool G con i venezuelani Fane-Henriquez.

QUINTA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it ,  23-10-2015 ) / Beach Open Antalya: Menegatti ed Orsi Toth ancora in semifinale!
Nell'Open di Antalya le azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth sono approdare per la terza volta consecutiva alle semifinali. Oggi in una giornata condizionata dalla pioggia, le due azzurre hanno prima piegato negli ottavi 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) le tedesche Mersmann-Schneider, poi nei quarti l'altra coppia germanica:  Schumacher-Behrens superate sempre per 2-0 (21-13 21-15). Domani in semifinale affronteranno le argentine Gallay-Klug.
 Sul fronte maschile gli azzurri Carambula-Ranghieri hanno dato forfait contro i norvegesi Hordvik-Usken, ma sono comunque già sicuri dell'accesso agli ottavi finale. Già qualificati agli ottavi anche Camniati-Rossi, non scesi in campo nell'ultimo incontro della pool G con i venezuelani Fane-Henriquez.
SESTA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 24-10-2015 ) / LAST PERFORMANCE DI MARTA MENEGATTI E VIKTORIA ORSI TOTH TRA SEMIFINALE E FINALE IN MEXICO/ Beach Open Antalya - Menegatti-Orsi Toth hanno chiuso al secondo posto
Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth hanno concluso al secondo posto la loro partecipazione all'Antalya Open. in finale hanno ceduto alla coppia slovacca Slokova-Hermannova per 2-0 (21-15 21-17). Si tratta del terzo podio consecutivo nei tornei del circuito mondiale, un risultato di valore e significativo per la coppia italiana che ha concluso sulla sabbia turca la stagione 2015. Marta e Viki si erano qualificate per la finale battendo in semifinale le coriacee ed emergenti argentine Gallay-Klug (21-17; 19-21; 15-13).

SETTIMA  NEWS (by www.federvolley.it ,   Antalya, Turkey, October 24, 2015 )/ MARTA MENEGATTI & VIKTORIA ORSI TOTH VINCONO LA SEMIFINALE VS LE AEGENTINE GALLAY & KLUG
– Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth will take on Czech pair Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova Saturday afternoon for the gold medal at the inaugural Antalya Open.///
The first seeded Italians defeated Argentina’s third seeded Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-13) in the semifinal.
It is the third final in their career, after winning the Sochi Open in September and finishing second at the Sao Paulo Grand Slam last year. And it is also the third time in a row they will end up on the podium since the Italians, who skipped Xiamen, won bronze in Puerto Vallarta.
Menegatti and Orsi Toth had a flying start against the Xiamen silver medallists from Argentina, but struggled in the second, making too many unforced errors. In the end of the tiebreak the Italians managed to create a two-point gap at 14-12 and were handed the win on their second match point by Gallay who bumped the ball out of court.
“I think they played much better in the second set and we didn’t play our best beach volleyball”, Menegatti recapped. “But I think the important thing is we won and it’s always good to end up with a win when you don’t play your best. We’re in the final, so it’s good.”
It was the first time Menegatti and Orsi Toth lost a set this tournament. It was straight wins all the way to the semis. Orsi Toth: “We were very focussed this week. But in the semifinal it was a bit up and down. But we will come back this afternoon more focussed.”

Surprise final for new Czech team
For their opponents Slukova and Hermannova reaching the final with a 2-1 (16-21, 21-15, 15-13) win over USA’s Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day was a big surprise. The 13th seeded Czechs only teamed up in August and weren’t sure until the last moment if Slukova could play in Turkey because she sprained her ankle in Xiamen. So far fifth place in Sochi was their best finish.
But it was Slukova who saved the day in the semifinal. The 27-year old put a lot of the pressure on the Americans with her serve. “She’s such an experienced player and she showed on it the court today”, Hermannova praised her partner.
This tactic didn’t work in the first set though, where they were trailing 16-8 through the middle. But the Czechs recovered nicely. Slukova: “We just stayed together and we are both fighters, we don’t give up easily. We served better in the second set. That was the key, that was our tactic. The Americans are a great team and if you don’t keep them away from the net they will make their side-out.”
“I didn’t expect to be in the final already”, added Hermannova, who won the Mangaung Open last year with Martina Bonnerova. “But it’s amazing because last year I ended up in the final in the last tournament as well. So I am totally happy.”


OTTAVA & LAST NEWS ( by www.fivb.org, Antalya, Turkey, October 24, 2015 ) / SILVER MEDALS  MARTA MENEGATTI & VIKTORIA ORSI TOTH/  Antalya gold for new Czech team Slukova and Hermannova
(The Antalya Open podium: Italy's Viktoria Orsi Toth and Marta Menegatti, Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova of the Czech Republic and USA's Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day )

Antalya, Turkey, October 24, 2015 – Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova claimed the gold medal at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Antalya Open on Saturday. In only their fifth event and first final together the new Czech pair defeated Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth 2-0 (21-15, 21-17).
It was an unexpected, but much wanted success for the 27-year old Slukova and 24-year old Hermannova, who so far reached fifth place in Sochi and 17th in Xiamen, but did not get into the main draw at the Long Beach and Olsztyn Grand Slam.
“We didn’t expect anything coming here”, said Slukova. “Our goal was to get out of the pool and then we would see what would happen. Because we just started together, but also because I hurt my ankle in Xiamen and I didn’t train a lot. But it happened, so we are very happy.”
Slukova said goodbye to her long-term partner Kristyna Kolocova, with whom she won two gold and one bronze medal, in the middle of the 2015 season to team up with Hermannova. A lot of people criticized this decision and the past few months had been very emotional, Slukova said.

“I feel a little satisfaction now because the past three months were hard after this break-up. Winning this gold is especially good for our coach Simon. Because this shows it was a good decision and he is a very good coach.”
The Czechs, who beat USA’s Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day (16-21, 21-15, 15-13) in the semifinal, won almost all the rallies in the first set of the final and especially Orsi Toth had trouble receiving Slukova’s strong serves.
Second seeded Menegatti and Orsi Toth won gold in Sochi and bronze in Moscow and Puerto Vallarta this year and stormed into the semifinals with straight wins. They were clearly the favourites for the Antalya title but struggled on Saturday. The Italians needed three sets in the semi against Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug (21-17, 19-21, 15-13) and were under a lot of pressure in the final.
Although the second set was a lot closer, the Czechs kept their heads clear and a big block by Hermannova created the needed gap at 18-17 to win the match.
Orsi Toth: “We didn’t play as we wanted. I had a hard time with their service, my side-out was not as good as in the past days. We really wanted this gold medal, so I am not at all happy to close the season with this match. But tomorrow I will be ok with the silver.”

USA bring home the bronze
Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day won their first medal with a 2-1 (18-21, 21-14, 15-13) win over Argentina’s Gallay and Klug in the bronze medal match. Individually it is Kessy’s 34th medal in fifteen seasons, while Day collected one silver medal before with Summer Ross at the 2013 Phuket Open.
The Americans, who teamed up this season hoping to get to the 2016 Olympics, took revenge for the lost match against Gallay and Klug in Xiamen in September. But again it was not an easy match against the agile Argentineans.
“This team always plays great”, 2012 Olympic silver medallist Kessy said. “They play with their hearts, as hard as they can and they dig a ton of balls. And it’s hard for us, they play a different style of volleyball than we do and we outlasted them just a little bit. Emily stepped it up on a lot of mediocre sets from me she put away. She really did well.”
Kessy and Day lost the first set, but regrouped in the second. Day: “We cleaned up our game and listened to each other a lot better. Jen made a great adjustment with highering my set a little so than I could listen and move the ball a lot better because they are such a great defensive team. If I just hit it hard at them it’s easy for them.”
“We really wanted to be in the final”, she continued. “But I think we did a great job rebounding from losing in the semis and refocusing. So we said, we’re going to get the bronze, we want to be on that podium.

EXTRATIME by SS/ La cover é per la gioia pre-finale di Viktoria Orsi To the e Marta Menegatti, praticamente ottomani in Turchia all’Antalya Oper.
Poi per quanto riguarda la fotogallery ecco in sequenza i flash step by step di Marta & Viki proposti dalla Federvolley fino all’arrivo in finale.
E dulcis in fundo , dopo “the winners” Slukova & Hermannova con relativa didascalia incorporate,  ecco di nuovo il tri-podio coppey medagliste in formate poster con relativi ‘premi’ e…smile cotillons, partendo dalla Viktoria di Marta silver medal rosa Made in Italy.



Sergio Sottovia
www.polesinesport.it