Brazil, Japan, China,
Italy and Cuba only unbeaten teams after two days of
high class World Grand Prix action
Switzerland, June 25, 2005 – Defending champions Brazil
will be hoping to complete a hat trick of victories in
the opening weekend of the 2005 World Grand Prix
Preliminary Round when they play hosts and fellow
unbeaten side Japan on Sunday.
Five teams, including Italy and Cuba in Reggio Calabria
and China in Ningbo, are unbeaten after two days and
they will be looking to keep it that way on the final
day, especially in Italy where the hosts take on Cuba.
In Saturday’s results, Brazil beat Poland 3-0 (25-22,
25-10, 25-23) and Japan beat Korea 3-0 (26-24, 25-14,
25-18) in Tokyo to sit on top of their group with a 2-0
record, with Poland and Korea yet to win a match.
Pic: China's Hao Yan tries to beat the Netherlands'
block of Ingrid Visser & Manon Flier
In Ningbo, China, the Netherlands, who beat USA on
Friday, suffered their first defeat after Olympic
champions China eventually stormed past them 3-1 (21-25,
25-17, 25-22, 25-5). The other match between the first
day losers saw U.S.A. beat Thailand 3-0 (25-13, 25-12,
In Reggio Calabria, Italy, last year’s silver medalists,
continued where they left off at the scene of last
year’s Final Round with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) win
over Germany while Cuba beat the Dominican Republic 3-0
(28-26, 25-17, 25-18). The clash between the two
unbeaten sides on Sunday will be riveting while winless
Germany and the Dominican Republic face off in the