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US defending champions in beach volleyball final
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Defending champions Walsh May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh were again in the final of women's beach volleyball tournament at the Olympics.

They beat Brazil's Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro in a straight-set victory in the semifinals at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday. The two sets went 21-12 and 21-14.

The U.S. duo will take on the winner between China's Tian Jia/Wang Jie and Zhang Xi/Xue Chen in the final on Aug. 21.

Asked if she is ready to take the gold medal, May-Treanor said: "Yes."

"We'll just focus on the match, we will not be disturbed by the audience," she added.

Walsh said she is not familiar with the Chinese girls, but she found them to be "sweet and patient".

"They are sweet and patient. They always smile." she said of the rivals they are to encounter on Thursday.

With Tuesday's victory, the U.S. duo now boasts a 107-match winning streak.

Dubbed as "queens of the beach", the American duo has not been defeated in a single match since last August.

Men's beach volleyball legend and three-time Olympic champion of the United States Karch Kiraly also prized the partnership of May-Treanor and Walsh "the best ever".

May-Treanor has said her favorite moment is when she hears the national anthem. "I always relive it - wining the Olympic medal - over and over. Even though it was four years ago, it still feels like I'm there."

"We want to win (again)," May-Treanor has said. "We put pressure on ourselves," May-Treanor said before the Olympic Games opened.

(Xinhua News Agency August 19, 2008)

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