2015-07-11 13:14:00 CET
After gripping comeback in Quarter Finals, American beach volleyball superstar withdraws from Swatch Major Series in Gstaad, Switzerland.
Fans of three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings will need to wait a bit longer to see her back in a medal match. The legendary American player, who was making her Swatch Major Series debut in Gstaad after dislocating her shoulder in May, reinjured the shoulder on Friday in a Quarter Final clash with new world champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil. Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross managed to hang on for the win, but the fresh injury forced them to announce their withdrawal from the tournament before Saturday’s medal rounds.
“This won’t end my career,” Walsh Jennings promised. “I love this sport too much.”
The gold medal gameplay will still be intense on Saturday afternoon, however, as two of Brazil’s best teams go head to head to earn the 800 Olympic qualifying points awarded to the winner. With only two Olympic berths available for the 2016 Games and a deep pool of women’s talent in Brazil, every qualifying point is precious. Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves, who earned silver at the FIVB World Championships less than a week before the Gstaad Major began, will clash with Larissa França and Talita Antunes, who have been writing a convincing Swatch Major Series comeback story in Switzerland, after winning the Poreč Major only to withdraw from the Stavanger Major due to injury.
After losing their Semifinal showdown with Larissa and Talita, Canada’s Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan will automatically be awarded the bronze, with Walsh Jennings and Ross placing fourth.