Cuba, Brazil and
China simply devastating
Switzerland, July 1, 2005 – The three teams – Cuba,
Brazil and China - who are setting the World Grand Prix
alight with their on court sparkle and passion have
continued their unbeaten start to the competition after
the first day’s action of the second week was completed
Cuba were simply divine in their 25-19, 25-17, 25-17
demolition of Thailand in Manila, Philippines while in
Macau, China, Brazil beat Poland 25-17 25-13 25-19 (for
the second week in a row) and China were sensational in
beating Germany 25-17, 25-19, 25-15.
The tremendous trio head the 12-team table with the
Netherlands and Japan forming a surprise pairing in
fourth place with three wins and one defeat. They both
won on Friday with the Netherlands stunning last year’s
silver medalists and world champions Italy in Manila by
winning 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 while Japan beat the
Dominican Republic 27-25, 25-22, 25-17 in Seoul.
Italy sits alone in sixth spot with a 2-2 record while
USA, Korea (who beat
USA 3-2 (25-23,
13-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-13)),
Poland and Germany each have one victory to their name.
The Dominican Republic and Thailand are still searching
for their first win.
Day two on Saturday opens with USA playing the Dominican
Republic in Seoul, Brazil taking on Germany in Macau and
a key clash in Manila with the Netherlands playing Cuba.
Current standings after three matches: 1) China 2)
Brazil 3) Cuba 4) Japan 5) Netherlands 6) Italy 7)
Germany 8) USA 9) Korea 10) Poland 11) Dominican
Republic 12) Thailand
After three weeks of Preliminary Round action, the top
six teams will enter the Final Round in Japan to play
for the honour of 2005 World Grand Prix champion.