Lili Fernández and Elsa Baquerizo fall 2-0 against Americans April and Alix

The Spanish Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo.

The Spanish Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo.

The Spanish Lili Fernández and Elsa Baquerizo they conceded their first defeat in the Tokyo Games, before the Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman by 2-0 (21-13 and 21-16), but they keep their hopes to continue fighting in Group B of the first phase of beach volleyball at the Tokyo Games.

The North Americans, runners-up in the world in 2019 and, in the case of Ross with a silver in London 2012 and a bronze in Rio 2016, they encountered more dangerous rivals than expected with whom it was difficult for them to make a difference. Only after 5-5 did they manage to take off and take a 12-7 lead, before obtaining their maximum income to close the set in 19 minutes.

The same lasted the second, on a rainy and windy morning in Tokyo. The Spanish took a step forward and made the Americans increasingly uncomfortable, with good serves from Baquerizo and precise placements out of their reach, but the world runners-up again understood each other well and, after signing a 19-14, they had income to sentence comfortably.

It is the second victory for the North Americans, who have already beaten the Chinese Xue and Wang 2-0, while the Spanish have a victory and a defeat, after winning in their debut at Shiokaze Park against the Dutch Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink by 2-1. The next Friday The Spanish will play against the Chinese couple.


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