Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas got their first victory at their Rio 2016 opening match on Sunday.

The Canadian duo started with a loss in the first set, but managed to hold off the hard-charging Italians Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini in their Olympic debut to win 2-1 (15-21, 21-18, 15-9).

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Canada's Jamie Lynn Broder passes a ball during a women's beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Jamie Broder during the match against Italy at Rio 2016, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Broder/Valjas will continue their journey at the Rio 2016 beach volleyball tournament against the Germans Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst on Tuesday. Also in the group stage, the Canadian team will face Doaa Elghobashy and Nada Meawad, from Egypt on Thursday.

RELATED: Pavan/Bansley win Olympic opener

Earlier on Sunday, the Canadian team of Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley defeated Sophie van Gestel and Jantine van der Vlist of Netherlands 2-0 (21-19, 22-20).

Canada's Kristina Valjas dives a ball during a women's beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Kristina Valjas dives a ball during the match against Italy at Rio 2016, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)