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Defending champions China advance to semi-finals
 

China's Hao Yang attacks
Beijing, China, August 19, 2008 - China beat Russia in straight sets 25-22, 27-25, 25-19 at Capital Gymnasium on Tuesday to advance to a semifinal with Brazil on Thursday.
 
China committed three attacking errors early in the first set, with Russian hitters Evgenia Estes and Ekaterina Gamova converting for an early lead. 
 
Yimei Wang, usually an offensive option for China, was forced to play in the backcourt, but the rest of the team rallied.
 
China eventually took set point from an attack from Hao Yang and Gamova's attack on the opposite side hit the antenna, which clinched the set 25-22. 
 
Suhong Zhou and Ruirui Zhao kept their composure and ran China's offence exceptionally in the second set, with only Gamova's offence keeping the Russia in the match.
 
The end of the second set was close as China and Russia changed leads but when Liubov "Sokolova" Shashkova hit long and Maria Sheshenina double-hit, China took the second set 27-25.
 
Russia again took a lead in the third set but when Wang's attack got going, China sped away with the set and match.
 
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