The 24-year-old starred as Australia made the best possible start to the defence of their title, recording an 88-24 victory to top the early Group A table.
Klau said afterwards:
“It’s everything that I could have imagined. Standing there, during the national anthem, I got the goosebumps like I thought I would. It was such an incredible experience – it’s always been a dream of mine.
“For me, it’s about sticking to routine and not doing anything out of the box because that’s when I start to get nervous.”
The goal keeper claimed four interceptions – of the Diamonds’ total of eight – during the game.
“It didn’t feel like that!” she said afterwards. “I guess it’s credit to the girls all the way down the court. Transition has been an area for us that we’ve been working on and it’s great that it’s paid off.
“I’m super stoked that I was able to get those four intercepts on my debut. It’s pretty cool!”
Tomorrow will see the Australians take on Zimbabwe – the team whose raucous supporters have undoubtedly stolen the show so far on day one of their debut World Cup.
Klau said of the match-up:
“The crowd was awesome today. I saw a lot of green and gold in the crowd and a few familiar faces. That was really special.
“I think it’s interesting that there’s a two-court scenario. The Zimbabweans were very loud on the court next door – I just love that they are out there to have fun. You can tell they are just one big family. We’re lucky with our supporters too. They were amazing and we can take a lot from that.”