Kerri Walsh Jennings injures shoulder, forfeits match

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Three-time Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings suffered a right shoulder injury during a match on her opening day of the first FIVB World Tour Grand Slam of the season and, with partner April Ross, forfeited the match.

Walsh Jennings and Ross were leading a Brazilian pair 5-2 in the first set of their second match of Wednesday in Moscow “when Walsh Jennings was stretching for the ball and injured her right shoulder,” according to a press release.

Walsh Jennings and Ross forfeited the match after a medical timeout, and Walsh Jennings went to her hotel room without comment, according to the press release.

The pair’s next scheduled match is Thursday, if they’re able to play.

Walsh Jennings, 36, has had four shoulder surgeries and, last year, suffered from a pelvic stress fracture, a knee injury and other aches and pains.

Walsh Jennings and Ross won the domestic AVP Tour season opener in New Orleans on Sunday, beating countrywomen Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day in the final.

They were third in their 2015 FIVB World Tour opener in Fuzhou, China, last month.

Walsh Jennings and Ross and Brazilians Larissa and Talita led the World Tour with four tournament wins each last season.