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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

China beat Thailand 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 25-9) - duration 1:29
01-Sep, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:29 - Attendance: 2,300
China defeats surprisingly strong Thailand
When China began its third match of Pool D in Leipzig, the team expecting a quick and easy victory over Thailand. But Thailand refused to give up to the title favorites and proved to be a difficult and unpleasant opponent. China finally booked the third straight victory and is leader of Pool D now.
After struggling in the first minutes of the first set, Thailand took time out at 2-6. Immediately the Thai team managed to level the match at 6-6. Thailand impressed with powerful spikes, good block and a great defence even by using their feet to grasp the ball. Although Thailand played extremely well, it was not enough to beat China that won the set (25-20).
Thailand began the second set with surprising lead. Thailand was not the easy opponent China expected. Having unusual problems with their role as favorites, China had to fight hard to keep up with their Asian counterparts. The second half of the set brought the change for China. Supported by many individual mistakes on the Thailand side, the Chinese won the second set with 25-16.
The third set started without any favour for China or Thailand. After the first technical time out at 8-7, Thailand continued to take the lead. Strong front attacks and concrete blockings made it possible for Thailand to win their first set in the tournament with 25-21.
In the fourth set, China finally found back their routine. The team of head coach Zhonghe Chen took a clear lead in the beginning of the set. The Thai team did not manage to close the gap (25-9).
China is the only mayor favorite for the World Title that didn't loose a match yet. Like in the other matches, the Chinese victory was a team performance. Jing Zhang made 17 points, while Shen Li (16). Yuehong Zhang (14) and Yanan Liu (13) also scored more than ten points. The best scorer of the match however was the Thai player Anna Paijinda with 19 points.