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Algeria more difficult than expected says Serbia coach

(from left to right): Serbia's captain and coach Jelena Nikolic and Zoran Terzic followed by Algeria coach Ikhedji Mouloud and player Faiza Tsabet

Serbia captain Jelena Nikolic: “I think today Algeria played well. We couldn’t make easy points because they played good defence. It was good for us, because it will be useful for us for tomorrow’s game (against Japan). I think that was the purpose of today’s game. Tomorrow the first thing that we want is to take the most points possible into the next round. It doesn’t matter if it’s Japan or another team. About Japan, there’s nobody special we’re worried about, they are about team play, not individual players.”

Serbia coach Zoran Terzic: “It was a game like we expected, maybe a little more difficult than we expected, but this is good for us. In a competition like this, it’s very difficult to stay in our rhythm. Tomorrow will be a much more difficult game for us.

On Malagurski’s good play late: “She is the second opposite for Serbia, it’s very normal to not start. We are very lucky to have two good opposites. Malagurski is a very young player, and I expect her to be one of the best players in the world. Today she played well, but I think she can play even better.”

Algeria player Faiza Tsabet: “Today we tried our best and our strong point was serving, it worked well. But we lost because we lacked experience.”

Algeria coach Ikhedji Mouloud: "I’d like to congratulate Serbia on their win. As for us, we served well. We were able to score five consecutive points in the third set. There was a big individual difference in the players. Our players don’t have enough experience and are not as physically imposing as Serbia. We have a lot of work to do. Our players are growing in each match. We hope to do better in the next game."

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