Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 14, 2016 – USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross advanced to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games beach volleyball semifinals when they defeated Australia’s Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) at the Copacabana Beach Arena on Sunday.
They will now play Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Here’s what they said after the match….
Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
“Two more matches to go, one at a time. Our eyes are clear. We won’t be put off.
“They had a fight and had to fight off a lot of set points. The crowd was fully behind them, but what I noticed is when they’re down the crowd goes away so I know what my goal is in two days.
“We respect Agatha and Barbara so much, we always have and we’re going to bring our A game and give it our best.”
Louise Bawden, Australia
“I think we prepared well and had a good game plan. Execution was just a little bit off, they put us under a fair amount of pressure. We could have done a little bit better to give ourselves an attacking edge against these guys, which is what you need if you want to beat these guys.
“We came here to make the finals and that is what we planned to do. It doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the court. T (Clancy) and I are one of the strongest teams in the world and can beat anyone. Credit to the Americans we wish them well, but for now I’m just proud with how we fought.”