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Asian Games: Japan's Ishii, Murakami take silver in women's beach volleyball

Japan's Miki Ishii, left, and Megumi Murakami compete against China at the Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, on Aug. 27, 2018. (Kyodo)

PALEMBANG, Indonesia (Kyodo) -- Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami missed their shot to become Japan's first Asian Games gold medalists in women's beach volleyball on Monday, following a 2-1 defeat to China's Wang Fan and Xia Xinyi in the final.

The Japanese duo lost 17-21, 21-19, 15-10 at a crowded venue at Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, Indonesia, and matched their nation's best women's result.

"I really wanted to get the gold. I was telling myself I'll get it at any cost," Murakami said.

Murakami and Ishii were on track in the first set, claiming five straight points after the Chinese pair tied the match 7-7 and held onto the lead.

"We were able to play our own style in the first set because they (Wang and Xia) didn't have much data about us," said Ishii. "But when they are that good, it doesn't take them much time to figure out our playing style. If we don't change how we play, we'd be defeated because we are smaller in size."

The Japanese began having trouble chasing down the ball, especially the powerful spikes from the 1.88-meter Wang, and lost the second set despite coming from behind to tie it several times. They were not able to turn the game around and went on to surrender the third set.

"I was probably able to save three more points in the second set, and if I had, maybe we would have been able to ride some momentum," Murakami said. "Not taking the second set is the thing I regret the most."

Earlier in the day, Indonesia's Juliana Dhita and Putu Dini Jasita Utami beat Kazakhstan's Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova to win the bronze medal match.

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