2017-06-29 09:00:00 CEST
Swiss stars find it difficult in the dark
Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich revealed just how difficult it was to play their natural game when taking part in Swatch’s #KeepMovingKeepTicking beach volleyball lightshow.
The Swiss duo were lit up in a darkened court by a stunning display of colorful lights – something a million miles away from their usual view of sunshine and sand.
“It’s not something we’re used to,” the pair told us. “We read the ball trajectory on visual indications but playing in the dark was really hard because you only perceive the ball really late.
“You almost had no time to react to the ball, especially if it comes at you quickly. You need to have a good sense for distances.”
The pair won silver in the three-star event in The Hague and now have eyes on their home tournament at the Gstaad Major next week.
“We found a good approach to work as a team in Holland,” said Anouk. “We kept playing every single point like it was the last.
“We didn’t expect to make a final in only our third tournament of the season but the result gives us a boost.
“We know we can play at the highest level but of course it’s a challenge to do so on a consistent basis.”
Last season both players were playing with different partners so the duo will be aiming for glory in Gstaad together for the very first time.
“We love Gstaad,” they said. “The contrast of the beach in the mountains makes it really special. The environment is green and beautiful.
“All of our friends and family will be there to enjoy beach volleyball and we can’t wait.”
The Gstaad Major gets under way next week, on Tuesday, July 4. Click here for ticket information.