PUNE, India (July 31, 2009) - China functioned like a well-oiled machine as it dominated Egypt 25-16, 25-20, 25-17.
Qingyao Dai led China with 12 points and was assisted by Daoshuai Ji's 11 points and Jianwei's 10 points. China took advantage of 33 Egypt errors in the victory
Egypt's Ahmed Mohamed turned in a match-high 16 points as he tried to keep his country close in the contest.
It was China's blistering serve and thundering smashes that shook Egypt in the early stages itself. It did not have the skills to retieve China's jump serve and it disturbed Egypt badly from the beginning. There was nothing much that Egypt could do, barring in the second set in which it gained some rhythm and tried to come back. Two Chinese players stood out from the beginning the huge Dai, whose height gave him tremendous advantage to rattle Egypt with big serves and attack, and Daoshuai Ji.
Having taken the early in the first set, in which Dai impressed the 1000 specatators in the stadium with his awesome power, china continued to maintain the lead in the second too. It did not lose that three point advantage. In fact, in the second set Egypt played a much better game showing better coordination. But China distrubed them with big serves and attack. But China did not surrender the lead and was ahead 22-18, keeping up the pressure on Egypt.
It was clear that Egypt was at advantage because of height. Thoughout the match Egypt's serve reception was woefully poor. That finally led to its downfall. Egypt never gave a real fight to China in the sense that it did not take any big lead. Egypt was trailing and in the third set it fell behind 9-11 and then 12-17. china had complete control whether it was attack or defence.