Russian pair Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina secured their place in the knockout stages of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals ©Getty Images

Russian pair Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina became the first team to secure qualification to the final stages of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Sardinia.

The pair won both their games in today's action - the first against Germany’s Karla Borger and Julia Sude 23-21, 21-14; the second against Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Valentina Gottardi 21-19, 21-15 - to win their first three games and secure their place in the weekend's knockout rounds.

Also in Pool A of the women's competition, Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States won both their games, including against Menegatti and Gottardi, but only sit 2-2 after their four pool matches and will learn their fate tomorrow.

In Pool B, the US' world number two ranked pair Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes joined Canada's world champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes with two wins from two with a 21-16, 21-16 win over The Netherlands' Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink.

In the same pool, Switzerland's Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich beat Keizer and Meppelink 21-19, 21-14, before Brazil's Ágatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Santos Lisboa won their first match of the competition, squeezing past Vergé-Dépré and Heidrich 21-18, 23-25, 15-11.

In the men's competition, Norway's Olympic Champions Anders Mol and Christian Sørum continued their strong start to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals with a straight-sets victory over Russian pair Ilya Leshukov and three-time Olympian Konstantin Semenov.

Mol and Sørum started strongly, winning the first set 21-16, before completing their comfortable win with a 21-14 triumph in the second set.

It was not the perfect day for the Norwegian's, however, as they were surprisingly beaten by Dutch pair Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen in a three-set thriller, 19-21, 25-23, 22-24.

The only unbeaten team in the men's Pool B is Qatar's Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan, and they secured another victory, defeating Italy's Adrian Ignacio Carambula and Enrico Rossi 16-21, 23-21, 15-10.

In Pool A, the Czech Republic duo Ondřej Perušič and David Schweiner moved to the top of the standings as they added to yesterday's two victories.

After beating Dutch pair Christiaan Varenhorst and Steven van de Velde 27-25, 27-29, 15-10 and America's Jake Gibb, who is now 45 and is competing in his final World Tour Finals, and Taylor Crabb 21-12, 21-16, Perušič and Schweiner dispatched Mārtiņš Pļaviņš and Edgars Točs of Lativia 21-13, 21-17. 

Varenhorst and van de Velde currently sit second in the standings after they beat Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo in a three-set thriller 21-10, 14-21, 17-15 yesterday, with the Italians sitting third after they defeated Crabb and Gibb in three sets.

The pool stages wrap up tomorrow, before the quarter-finals take place the following day.