NO STOPPING COURT AND SCHUMANN AUSTRALIAN JUGGERNAUT
Victorian’s Damien Schumann and Joshua Court have continued their domination of the Australia beach volleyball season, winning the WA Open on Perth’s Scarborough Beach to notch up their fourth win of the summer.
Court and Schumann were in devastating form in the blistering hot Perth conditions, disposing of Olympic rivals Casey Grice and Josh Slack 21-18, 21-17 in the semi-finals, and then beating Bo Soderberg and Cole Durant 21-19, 21-18 in the final.
Winning both matches in straight sets further underlines their growing confidence as the battle for a possible Australian spot at the Rio Olympics heats up.
In the women’s competition it was American Brittany Tiegs and Sydney’s Christie Jenkins who were too strong on the day, beating South Australia’s Brittany Kendall and Shelby Maher in the final.
It was the second title of the summer for Tieggs and Jenkins, who also won the South Australian Open.
Despite their unbeaten Australian run, Court and Schumann are not getting ahead of themselves.
“At no stage have we felt comfortable in any of the games we’ve played on a Sunday, because everyone’s playing so well,” Schumann said.
“We’ve been lucky enough to find some consistency at the right time in a few games, but there’s still lots we need to improve on as a team, for sure, which we’re working on.
“So no, we really don’t feel like we have much of a mental edge over the rest.”
The Australian tour heads to Melbourne this weekend for the Victorian Open.