US women open with beach volleyball win

Japan 2020
April Ross, Alex Klineman

April Ross, left, of the United States, greets teammate, Alex Klineman, during a woman’s beach volleyball match against China at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

 

TOKYO (AP) — Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman cruised to a straight-set victory over China in their Olympic opener.

Ross is making her third appearance in the Summer Games with her third different partner. She’s already won a silver medal and a bronze. Klineman is making her Olympic debut. They’re among the favorites for the gold medal in Tokyo.

The Americans won the first set 21-17 and then took the second 21-19 over Xue Chen and Wang Xinxin.

Ross and Klineman play Spain on Tuesday.

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The American men’s team of Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne play their first match on Sunday night. Bourne was a late substitute after Gibb’s original partner, Taylor Crabb, tested positive for COVID-19 when he arrived in Japan. They’ll face Italy.

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