Fuzhou, China, April 26, 2015 – Defending champions Kerri Walsh/April Ross left with the bronze medal after dashing local hopes by beating China’s Wang Fan/Yue Yuan 2-1 (13-21, 21-13, 15-11) at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Fuzhou Open 2015.
China came out hard in the first allowing little chance for Ross to exercise her big hits. Wang Fan/Yue Y. appeared comfortable in their game and the US team found themselves stuck on ten points leaving the first set for China.
Walsh/Ross turned the game around in the second dominating the set as the Chinese team had done in the first. In the tie break Yue. Y did a great job of receiving the US powerful attacks, but Walsh/Ross had found their rhythm and bronze went to the USA.
“For me it’s a little bitter sweet. I’m so proud that we won that game against a very, very good Chinese team. We trained against them a couple of times in the pre-season so it was a great match and we expected it to be. It was a great tournament and I’m so proud that we came back from a butt-kicking in game one and turned it around and won against a very good team,” said Walsh.