Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross claimed their biggest win of the beach volleyball season, capturing a Grand Slam title in Moscow on Sunday.
Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion, and Ross, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, beat top-seeded Brazilians Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima 21-17, 22-24, 15-13 in the final. Walsh Jennings and Ross were the No. 2 seed.
“It is so huge,” Walsh Jennings said in a press release. “Every win is important on the World Tour, and we cherish and learn from every one. I virtually gave away set two because I set like a rookie and I’m so proud with how we stuck together. April didn’t quit on me, she didn’t get mad at me.”
Moscow marked the second of nine Grand Slam events this season. Walsh Jennings and Ross, in their first full season together, were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the first Grand Slam in Shanghai in May after claiming two Grand Slam golds in three events last season. The third Grand Slam is this week in Berlin.
On the men’s side, Beijing Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal won their third-place match after losing a semifinal to a 14th-seeded Polish pair. Dalhausser and Rosenthal were the top seed.
“We had one bad match this week and that was the semifinal, but other than that we played really well,” Dalhausser said.