Larissa says “Hi!” from Beijing

“Hi guys, here is Larissa reporting straight to you!

We are here beginning our journey in the second Grand Slam of the year in the Chinese capital! Beijing was the host of the last Olympic Games and, for the third time, is staging a FIVB Swatch World Tour event. The matches are taking place between 7-12 May in the Chaoyang Park arena.

Playing here is always very special, because of the memory of the Olympic Games where I played in 2008. But it was only last year that Juliana and I faced our first event in Beijing together. Unfortunately it was not a good showing. We started well with two victories, but then we ended up losing two games. We didn’t play our best volleyball and got eliminated, finishing in 17th place.

This year we hope to put in a much better performance in Beijing and have our eyes set on winning the tournament, since it will be important for our Olympic qualification.

We’ve already won two World Tour events in China: in 2005 in Shanghai and in 2011 in Sanya. This time we want to conquer our first Grand Slam of the year and win for the first time in Beijing. We hope to show our best game so that can come true!”