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Big test for the Netherlands
 
Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2005 - After losing to Brazil on the opening day, world number 14 the Netherlands have a big hurdle in front of them when they play Japan on day two of the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai, Japan.

With the crowd right behind the home side, who are ranked seventh in the world, the Netherlands will have to be at their very best to record their first win of the finals.

It's a must win match for both sides, after Japan lost to Italy on Wednesday, due to the fact the winner of the six-day Final Round round-robin series will walk away with the 2005 World Grand Prix title.