Baku, June 17, AZERTAC
Quotes from Azerbaijan players Raquel Ferreira and Iuliia Karimova after the pair won both their opening matches in women's beach volleyball on Tuesday.
Raquel Ferreira (AZE)
On the support of the home crowd:
"The crowd helped us so much, they gave us so much energy. They were cheering so loud and this gave us confidence to come back in the first set when we were down 6-1."
"This is not tennis, people can come to cheer for us."
Iuliia Karimova (AZE)
On playing at home:
"It is nice to play at home, in such a big event. It is really big for me. I’m not as experienced as my partner, so I try to deal with my nerves and she helps me to find myself. We try to reach every ball and find our game."
On the atmosphere:
"The support is something crazy that makes you feel it in your skin. People support you and you just want to do what you are able to do."
On playing in the evening:
"It was a bit unusual. We trained once, but it is the first experience in a match. It's a different feeling, but we try to find ourselves, our game."