Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross withdrew from the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Moscow Grand Slam on Thursday, unable to continue playing due to Walsh Jennings’ right shoulder injury suffered Wednesday.
Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion, and Ross, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, hope to return to action in two weeks at an FIVB World Tour event in Stavanger, Norway, Ross said in an FIVB interview. The World Championships start June 27 in the Netherlands.
“We’re just taking a precaution by going home and making sure everything’s OK,” Ross said. “A couple years ago, she’s had other issues with her shoulder. She says this one feels better than before. We’re hopeful and positive.”
Ross said Walsh Jennings, a 36-year-old whose had four shoulder surgeries, felt “pretty good.”
“I’m not worried for our team and our potential for the Olympics or anything like that,” Ross said. “She has a great team of doctors back home, and I’m confident they’re going to get her back in tip-top shape immediately.”
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.
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.