Australia’s Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy came into the Rio Olympics carrying high expectations, and so far they haven’t disappointed.
While the pair were expected to win their opening matches against Costa Rica and Venezuela, their match against the highly regarded Dutch combination of Marleen Van Iersel and Madelein Meppelink was expected to be a good measure of their form.
And they didn’t disappoint, winning in a thrilling three sets in wet and windy conditions 27-25, 18-21, 16-14.
The win gave Bawden and Clancy top spot in their group, and put them through to the elimination rounds.
“The conditions were a lot different and a bit more difficult today,” Clancy said.
“But I think we played them really well. We worked really hard.”
The news wasn’t as good for Olympic young guns, Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Nikki Laird, who lost to China in their final group match are now out of the competition.
“It’s definitely a disappointing result for us, we would have wanted to have played our best,” del Solar said.
“They obviously played the conditions a lot better than we did. It hurts that we weren’t able to play our best and leave the court with it all out there.”