Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have continued flying the Aussie flag in China a little more than a week since their brilliant Silver Medal performance against world number one Canada at GC2018.
The Aussie pair had little time to celebrate their success on the Gold Coast before packing their bags and heading straight to China for a four star FIVB World Tour event, the Xiamen Open.
You could forgive the pair for being a little flat after GC2018 but they showed no signs of that as they powered their way though their pool matches yesterday against world heavy weights USA and Brazil before a comfortable quarterfinal win today over Germany in straight sets 21-16, 21-10.
The latest victory sees this outstanding Australian pair advance into yet another medal round of a major international tournament this weekend.
The pair may get a chance at revenge if they come up against the Canadian gold medalists from the Commonwealth Games who also have won through to the semis in a close match against the USA
It’s been a tough schedule for the pair who’ve only been together since October last year but their combination seems to be just getting better with every match they play together.
“We are definitely excited to be getting home after this tournament but we are feeling really good about how we are playing so we just want to keep up that momentum.” said Clancy.
The clear focus for all athletes and Australian beach volleyball is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and that goal looks well and truly on track.
Clancy/Artacho del Solar are only 25yo and 24yo respectively and it’s scary to think how much more improvement might be in them given they are already matching it with and beating many of top 10 teams in the world.
Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann are enjoying some time off to celebrate their win before resuming their World Tour campaign to qualify for Tokyo 2020.