AUSSIES SHOCK WINNERS FOR ANOTHER SHOT AT GOLD


Australia’s fifth seeds Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar continue to shock the world with another gutsy performance in just their second tournament together at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Qinzhou Open.

The new Aussie pairing upset top seeds and home favourites Wang Fan/Xia Xinyi 29-27 and 21-18.

The first set was a real war as the two sides went toe to toe from points 17 to 27.

Then Clancy nailed it with two shots in a row to claim the opener for the Australians.

The Aussies led 19-15 in the second set before Wang/Xia rattled off three points in a row to get to 19-18, but Clancy showed all her class yet again to slam how the next two.

"We are so excited! It's our first semifinal on a World Tour event together and it's really special," said Clancy. "It's always hard to play the Chinese, especially at their home, so it's really nice to get the win."

Clancy say’s belief in one another has been the key to their current form.

"It's just the patience and trust in our game. We know our side is quite good and we know that we can score quite well as well. As long as we stay together and play as a team, we can come back whatever the score is," she added.

The Aussie girls will go for gold today against Poland's 30th seeds Kinga Kolosinska and Katarzyna Kociolek who stunned second seeds Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross of the United States in straight sets to earn their place in the Gold medal showdown.

The match will be live streamed from 1.30pmAEDT this afternoon by clicking here