2017-08-04 22:01:00 CEST
Lauren Fendrick and April Ross aiming for top prize
Americans world championship finalists April Ross and Lauren Fendrick can’t wait to attempt to win their first gold medal together on Vienna’s Danube Island on Saturday.
The experienced pair secured their place in the final with a brilliant comeback victory over Canada’s in-form duo Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes and will take on German Olympic champs Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in the final.
April is no stranger to the World Champion title having won the prize eight years ago with former partner Jennifer Kessy.
But Lauren will experience her first world final and it goes without saying that topping the podium would mean a lot to Californian.
“Why not have your first World Championships end with a medal? I’m really hoping it will be a gold,” said the 35-year-old
“April is fantastic to play with, she’s a student of the game and works really hard at the game. Some people think that those with as much success as she has had just have natural talent, but she works so hard and I love that about her.
“I feel like I play the same way, so hopefully some of that rubs off on me.
“We’ve known each other since grade school, we’re familiar with each others’ games and I feel like that works really well together, our communication is really good.
“We can talk about things without making it too analytical, she does an amazing job of separating that from the in-the-moment play, and we’ve show just how adaptable we can be together.”
April, whose partnership with Kerri Walsh Jennings came to an end just before the summer season began, is keeping her feet well and truly on the ground after their fine semifinal triumph.
“I love the fact we’re playing these girls, Laura is an amazing person and Kira is a great girl, we want a really good battle and we have a really strong respect for that team,” she said.
“We’ll approach it the same way as we do, make sure we keep doing the right things and hopefully that will be enough.
“We went behind in the game but we didn’t panic. We’d like to start off a bit stronger but we were doing the right things, we know we can play defense and we can serve, so it was about chipping away because we knew we would get the chances.
“We’re getting our rhythm a little bit better, we’re really excited for what is to come and hopefully it will work it in our favor, we’ll be working very hard to make sure that is the case.
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