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Do or die battle for winless teams

Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 - For Olympic champions China and world number 14 the Netherlands, Saturday's match is a must win affair if either of them want to continue entertaining thoughts of challenging for the 2005 World Grand Prix title.

China, ranked number one in the world, have suffered two surprise defeats to Cuba and Italy during the opening two days of the Final Round and another loss to the Netherlands would extinguish any hope they have of claiming the crown they won in 2003.

It's the same story for the Netherlands after they suffered defeats at the hands of Brazil and Japan.

These two sides have already played once in the 2005 World Grand Prix in Week One of the Preliminary Round with China beating the Netherlands 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-5).