Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross were eliminated by German Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst from the last major event of the season in the World Tour Finals quarterfinals on Friday in Toronto.
Ludwig and Walkenhorst prevailed 21-18, 19-21, 15-11 to advance to play Brazil’s Larissa and Talita in the semifinals Saturday. Full brackets and results are here.
At the Rio Olympics, Walsh Jennings and Ross were denied a final matchup with Ludwig and Walkenhorst when they lost to Brazilians Agatha and Barbara in the semifinals. Walsh Jennings and Ross rebounded to beat Larissa and Talita for bronze in Rio.
Ludwig and Walkenhorst have made the final four of seven straight international tournaments.
Walsh Jennings and Ross have won five international tournaments this season after winning none in 2015, last season shortened by Walsh Jennings’ fifth right shoulder surgery.
Walsh Jennings, 38, has not ruled out a run for a sixth Olympics in 2020.
Ross, 34, has said she planned to take a post-Olympic break to start a family but return for 2020.
On the men’s side, top U.S. pair Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena play for a place in the World Tour Finals quarterfinals on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. Olympic champions Alison and Bruno of Brazil have already clinched a quarterfinal berth.
The NBC Sports app will have streaming coverage of the World Tour Finals on Saturday from 2:45-4:15 p.m. ET and further coverage of the men’s and women’s finals Sunday from 12:15-5 p.m. ET.Follow @nzaccardi