2018-07-26 00:06:00 CEST
The American veterans are yet to announce who their next partners will be
The Swatch Major Gstaad was the last time Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh were seen at the same side of the net as the veterans announced the end of their partnership.
Kerri and Nicole were playing together since June 2017, but their union didn’t resist to a series of recent inconsistent results, including a 17th-place in Gstaad.
“Nicole and I have decided to end our beach volleyball partnership,” Kerri said, via her agent. “We had a really wonderful year plus together, and yet our finishes and our trajectory were unsatisfactory. We are both excited to figure out next steps with regard to our next partnerships. I know we both have big plans and dreams for ourselves in the sport and so the journeying will continue!”
The Americans have withdrawn from both the A1 Vienna Major presented by Swatch, where they were set to compete in the country-quota, and the World Tour four-star event in Moscow, which will happen the following week.
Therefore, they end their union with ten tournaments played and a fourth-place in Olsztyn, Poland, in 2017, as their best result. Kerri and Nicole played together in 40 World Tour matches, winning 20 of them.
Their future partners were not announced yet. Kerri, a three-time Olympic champion, is expected to make the run for another Olympic title at the 2020 Tokyo Games and she might announce a partner before the qualification period starts, in September.
Nicole, on the other hand, has not competed internationally in 2016 and just returned to the World Tour when she joined forces with Kerri. The 39-year-old Olympian will play this week in the American AVP having 22-year-old Allie Wheeler as her partner.