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World Grand Prix 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Korea 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-16) - duration 1.06
28-Jul, start time: 16.30, end time: 17.36 - Attendance: 220
Russia starts with comfortable win over Korea
Defending World Grand Prix champions Russia laid down the gauntlet to all other pretenders to their crown with a comprehensive straight sets win over Korea in Matera and in the process gaining revenge for their defeat, their only one of the tournament, to Korea in the Preliminary Rounds.

Following their straight sets loss to Korea in their first match of the tournament, Russia were in no mood to take any chances again and quickly set the tone of the match, dispatching any opportunity for points with unnerving precision and clarity.

A massive height difference was to plague Korea most of the game and Russia's block proved very difficult to overcome, so the underdogs looked to use their speed and variety to deceive but to no avail.

Russia stormed to a first set advantage sealing the set by 10 points. But while Korea's lack of height had them on the back foot most of the game the second set proved different when they managed to run the world number one team to the wire before going by two points.

Russia's captain Artamonova and the 205cm Gamova simply overpowered any attempt by Korea to attack and last year's title champions coolly walked away with the third set nine points ahead, wrapping up the match and sending out a warning to the other five teams in the Final Round that the title won't be given up easily.