The American ladies showed an impressive performance throughout the Grand Slam and won the final match 21-10, 21-13 against the Dutch team. A great result – and a really emotional one for Misty, as it was her last World Tour event before she retires following the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“It is first of all very exciting to play against such a young, fired-up team and to see them in the finals,” said the FIVB Hero. “It has been my very last World Tour event here as a player. It is just so wonderful up here. I will come back in the crowd next time, cheering for Kerri.”
Her teammate Kerri Walsh said afterwards: “I am first of all so proud of Misty. It was our last event before London and she just did a great job. It has been a frustrating season for us without a victory on the Tour until today. We are just happy we could make it here at this incredible tournament in this amazing place called Gstaad where we have certainly had a lot of success.”
The podium was completed by Switzerland’s Simone Kuhn/Nadine, who defeated Belgium’s Katrien Gielen/Liesbeth Mouha in two sets (21-18, 21-16).
On the road to the finals Misty and Kerri had to face their compatriots and fellow FIVB Heroes Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the quarterfinals – their only three-set match in the whole tournament (14-21, 21-16, 15-9). In the semifinals, the US duo beat Switzerland’s Kuhn/Zumkehr in two sets, 21-13, 21-14.
The biggest upsets for our FIVB Heroes fans were the losses of Chen Xue and Xi Zhang in the quarterfinals to Keizer/van Iersel, who had defeated Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig in the single elimination round of 16. The defending champions Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca had to concede defeat to their compatriots Bednarczuk/Seixas in three sets while Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti lost to Gielen/Mouha.