2016-04-18 10:20:00 CEST
Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Depré waste no time in China
If you’re going to win your first FIVB tour gold together then do it in style! And that’s exactly what Swiss pair Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Depré did when storming to scoop first place in the women’s final of the Xiamen Open.
And they didn’t hang around…It took the fifth seeds just half-an-hour to put Austrians Barbara Hansel and Stefanie Schwaiger to the sword, cruising to a straight sets victory 21-17 and 21-14.
Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Depré, who were bronze medalists in last year’s tournament, showed no mercy in beating the Austrian qualifiers to enhance their chances of appearing on the Copacabana in Rio this summer.
“We finished third here last year and finishing even better is a wonderful feeling,” a victorious Forrer told FIVB.org.
“We want to go to the Olympics. We’ve made good points here and step-by step we are getting closer to this big door. If we go there, of course we want to play well there too.”
Underdogs Hansel and Schwaiger could not quite repeat the feat of their incredible semi-final win over American favorites Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross but will be over the moon with their unexpected silver medal.
It might have been disappointing for the Americans but for Walsh Jennings and Ross the consolation was a third successive podium finish after winning gold in the Rio Grand Slam and silver in the Vitoria Open.
And although it was only a bronze medal Walsh Jennings and Ross remain a real threat this week as the tour heads up the Chinese coast for the Fuzhou Open. Keep your eyes peeled for updates throughout the week!