April Ross and Alix Klineman kicked off their quest for beach volleyball gold with a commanding showing against China.
The American duo defeated Xue Chen and Wang Xinxin in straight sets, winning the first set 21-17 and the second 21-19.
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Sunday’s victory marks Klineman’s first-ever Olympic appearance.
“It just feels so good to get a win under our belt,” said Klineman after her Olympic debut.
Tokyo is Ross’ third Summer Games, having won silver in London and bronze in Rio.
Ross and Klineman will continue their podium run when they face Spain on Tuesday.