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Brazil looking for repeat

Sendai, Japan, July 11, 2005 - Defending champions Brazil will be hoping for a repeat performance when they take on the Netherlands on Wednesday on the opening day of the Final Round. Brazil (who had a 8-1 win-loss record from the Preliminary Round) beat the Netherlands (5-4) 3-1 (25-27, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17) on the final weekend of the Preliminary Round in Taipei.

Despite undergoing many changes from their title winning performance last year, Brazil, the number two side in the world, looked in inspirational form during the Preliminary Round with Jaqueline Carvalho their star, top scoring with 103 points.

The Netherlands were surprise finalists under new coach Avital Selinger, but the world number 14 look to be heading in the right direction and have the potential to record their best ever finish in the World Grand Prix, which currently stands at fourth in 2003.