2016-09-15 19:59:00 CEST
Argentinians would love a medal after coming so close!
There were no cartwheels like there were in Klagenfurt, but there were still huge smiles on the faces of Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug after they stunned Olympic Champions Ludwig/Walkenhorst in an epic 2-1 win on Court 2.
The pair lost their first game of the Swatch World Tour Finals yesterday but bounced back in brilliant style, coming from a set down to cause the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
Considering the Argentinians had lost all six of the previous meetings, nobody gave them a chance against the all-conquering Germans but in a ding-dong final set Gallay/Klug came out on top.
“We’re really happy to win and it’s an honor to play them and to beat them,” Georgina told us afterwards. “Especially for us after a bad start and losing yesterday. To come back in the same tournament and make it better is really important.”
One of the most consistent teams on the FIVB World Tour, the pair qualified as the seventh best qualifiers but a medal has, so far, been out of reach despite finishing fourth four times and fifth three times in 15 tournaments in 2016.
“It would be a dream to win a medal,” said Ana. “We’ve been in a few semifinals this year and come close to a medal so of course it would be great to get one here.”
Believe it or not the team have form on Toronto sand as the pair’s only gold in any competition together came in the Pam Am Games in 2015.
But after missing out on podium places so far this season and last year’s Swatch World Tour Finals, the girls are delighted to be playing on Polson Pier this week.
“We saw the event last year in Fort Lauderdale and said maybe one time in the next five years we can go to that event!” laughed Georgina. “We’ve worked hard this year and we realized if we kept playing well we would have a chance, and that performance in Klagenfurt helped. The hard work paid off.”
In the other opening match, Canadian duo Broder/Valjas came close to earning a home victory only to be pegged back by Spaniards Liliana/Elsa in another dramatic three-set affair.
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