2017-08-05 15:50:00 CEST
Gold may not have fallen their way, but that didn't stop the Americans from smiling on Red Bull Beach Arena
Their journey together may be in its nascent stages, but April Ross was always confident she and Lauren Fendrick were capable of something special. Something like a World Championship silver medal.
The top of the podium was not to grace the Americans this time around, but that wasn’t to stop them holding an abundance of pride in their performance, losing to Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst on Red Bull Beach Arena.
But you could take nothing away from their Viennese adventure, reaching the final barely two months after striking up a partnership – with this already their second silver in that time.
But for Ross, 2009 world champion, this achievement is definitely not a surprise.
“I’ve always thought we had this potential. We could have played better in the final,” she said.
“We got better in each and every match. I’m kind of surprised with how much better we got with every single match. The amount we improved in this tournament is big but where we got to I knew that we could get to
“I said to Lauren to have fun no matter what because I firmly believe when you put yourself in that position you should enjoy it and give your all. Don’t think of any what-ifs, you just put yourself out there.
“I was proud of how we approached that match and it was an amazing atmosphere. I wish we would have played a little better but I’m going to come away thinking this was a really good experience.”
Worryingly for the rest of the tour, Fendrick is confident these two can get even better.
But with 10,000 fans watching them on Red Bull Beach Arena – and thousands more watching outside – they gave it their all before falling to the Germans, who secured their triple crown after claiming Olympic and European titles.
But not even defeat could take away the specialty of the occasion for Fendrick, finally stepping on the podium after a run of successive fifth places.
“I see so much more potential and I know we can play better especially in that final. But to be up here on this podium with these players is pretty special,” she said.
“It’s some amazing company and I’m stoked that April took a chance on me.
“This is where I wanted to be all along playing in front of a crowd like in the World Championships. Doing it with April, she’s somebody special and having her with me feels right.
“It just clicks, the chemistry is there and we have a lot of potential.”
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