2017-07-06 11:57:00 CEST
No unwanted record for Olympic champ
Three-time Olympic and World champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Nicole Branagh recorded a much-needed win to book their place in the Gstaad Major elimination round.
What’s more, the straight sets win over young Dutch team Joy Stubbe and Jolien Sinnema ensured Kerri did not record her lowest ever finish on the World Tour.
Had the Americans lost, the result would have marked Walsh Jennings’ worst result when competing in the main draw. Her two 17th-place finishes both came as a result of injury.
A six-time champion in Gstaad and a silver medalist here last season, Kerri’s 120th World Tour tournament looked in danger of ending in the pool play stage following defeats to Switzerland’s Verge-Depre/Heidrich and Barbara/Fernanda of Brazil.
But, against the Dutch girls on side court two, the experience of the two 38-year-olds shone through as they posted a 21-15, 26-24 victory.
There was also relief for Kerri as the win ended her worst losing streak of her international career. Having lost in a Fort Lauderdale quarterfinal with April Ross, she then lost in the country quota in Poreč before the two defeats in the pool play here in the mountains.
Nicole and Kerri will soon find out whom they will face for a place in the last 16 later today. The women’s elimination matches get under way at 5pm CET and every match will be live on BeachStream.