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Kerri Walsh Jennings And April Ross Advance To Beach Volleyball Semifinals

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Australia in straight sets and won their quarterfinal match early Monday morning on Copacabana Beach in Rio.

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It was Jennings’s 38th birthday.

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If she wins, Jennings will become the oldest beach volleyball gold medalist ever. (RELATED: People Can’t Stop Talking About Kerri Walsh Jennings)

After the Olympics, Jennings said she has “so many” open doors.

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“I want to build up my presence in our sport,” she said during an interview. “My husband and I want to have a leadership academy. Volleyball will kind of be the foundation of it, but we want to talk about character and team-building and what it takes to be great in life.”

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She was criticized earlier this week because she said she was “born to have babies and play volleyball.”

“Before I had more kids, I was like, this feels trivial,” she said at the time.

“I’d been playing for so long, and I was like I need balance. All my eggs are in this one basket and it’s very self-centered and self-focused. They gave me that perspective and balance I thought I was missing. It took my game and my desire and my passion for life to the next level.”

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“I am hugely indebted to my children.”