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2017-08-03 16:04:00 CET

Aussies hail best win of career so far

Massive win for McHugh/Schumann!

Christopher and Damien celebrate winning their place in the last 16Christopher and Damien celebrate winning their place in the last 16

Australians Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann believe their last-32 triumph over the USA’s Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb was the best of their careers so far.

The Aussies took the first set 21-19 before going on to save six sets points against the Americans in the second to seal a 28-26 and with it a place in the last-16.

“That’s definitely one of the best wins of my career,” said Schumann. “Jake Gibb’s got experience and Taylor’s obviously a jet as well. So to get over the top of them in a close game is a massive, massive win for us.”

With temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius it was tough for both teams – including McHugh who got a little under the collar in the close second set when he was shown a red card.

“I have to apologize to the officials for that. It’s not the spirit of the game, it’s certainly not the way Australia wants to be seen,” said the 27-year-old blocker. “It’s a cooker out here, emotions are definitely running high, it’s the World Championships, everybody wants to win.”

The Australians now take on American Gstaad Major champions Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser on Friday for a place in the quarterfinals.

But what were the pair’s expectations before the championships began?

“The tournament so far has been amazing. Every game is so, so tough. I don’t think we really had any expectations,” said McHugh.

“We’ve been slowly progressing this year and to be in the top 10 is for sure a goal. We don’t want to put a roof on anything, we just want to keep punching through and see what happens.”

The duo have worked their way up the ranking this season following a string of fine performances on the international World Tour.

And the only regular Aussie men’s team on the international scene are happy with their progress in their first season together on the sand.

“I believe we’ve been fairly consistent for most of the year and we’re going to get better each time we play,” added Schumann.

“We’re just doing our thing. We might be the only men’s team on the tour at the moment from Australia but don’t you worry – there’s a lot of young players waiting, so watch out.”

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