Doha: Qatar’s Jefferson Pereira and Cherif Younousse defeated Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia 21-17, 21-19 to top Pool B at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna on Tuesday.
Pereira and Younousse, who had already booked their berth in the last 32, thus avenged their defeat at the hands of the Latvians at the 2015 FIVB Xiamen Open.
In another match in Pool B, Germany’s Markus Bockermann and Lars Fluggen finished third after beating Jhonatan Golindano and Carlos Rangel of Venezuela.
Pereira and Younousse had earlier defeated Bockermann and Fluggen 21-19, 21-15 in their first match before getting the better of Golindano and Rangel Venezuela 21-18, 22-24, 15-10.
Pereira and Younousse will play their round of 32 knock-out match on August 3.