World champions Brazil shone brighter than the midday sun as they strolled into the third round of the Pacific Century Insurance Hong Kong Women's Open at Victoria Park. Battling the heat and the humidity, Brazil's Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede showed why they are considered the world's best pairing as they handed Holland's Marrit Leenstra and R. Kadijk a lesson, winning 21-14, 21-18. Only a handful of spectators witnessed the match played on court one, but those lucky enough to see the Brazilians in action were left in no doubt that they were a class apart. It was an effort that oozed confidence and finesse, but 32-year-old Behar said it still took a supreme effort from them to carve out the 42-minute victory. 'The Dutch team are a good team and we made a lot of mistakes during the second set. They were in front by three or four points, but we stuck on and we concentrated better in the end to win. We still had to fight hard,' said Behar moments after the energy-sapping win. 'Our defence was better after that initial hiccup, but it was hot out there. We usually drink a lot of water and try to rest properly between our matches. It gets hot in Brazil, but the humidity here [in Hong Kong] is something else.' Behar and Bede, the Sydney Olympic Games silver medallists, won the first game handily enough, but found themselves in trouble when they trailed 8-12 in the second set. That was when they reached deep inside their armoury of shots to pull off a stunning second game win. They tied the score at 15-15 and from then on, it was no turning back. Bede's spikes and dinks were excellent and there was one rally at 18-15 in Brazil's favour that showed their true class. Under pressure from Holland's attack, the Brazilians recovered and Bede's perfectly placed return bounced inches inside the far corner of the court for the winning point. 'I think all the Brazilian teams are confident of winning this tournament. We are one of the favourites, but everybody wants to win,' said Behar, who teamed up with Bede three weeks ago to win the world title in Klagenfurt, Austria. Like many pro beach volleyball players, Behar first played the indoor version of the game, although she said she had no regrets about the change. 'Beach volleyball is a growing sport and I have had more success at this game. I wasn't good enough to play on the national squad in the indoor game,' she said. Brazil earlier thrashed Hong Kong's Lee Yuk-fung and Cheng Mei-ling 21-6, 21-5 in the morning session in the day's most one-sided match. Dutch player Leenstra said they had a chance to close out the second game, but Brazil showed their class in the end. 'They were too good for us. We played good, especially early on in the second set, but they raised their game and they were too strong. We are getting better and we look good for next year,' said 27-year-old Leenstra. Leenstra and Kadijk finished 17th overall at the World Championship - not a bad result considering they have been playing together for just five months. American champions Kerri Walsh and Misty May were also impressive as they moved into the third round with two flawless victories yesterday. Walsh and May have been in imperious form recently and they showed Hong Kong spectators they were also in strong contention for the title. The Americans first defeated Spain's Miriam Carrili and Mari Carballo 21-9, 21-12 before dishing out a 21-17, 21-16 victory to China's Tian Jia and Wang Fei.