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Fired-up Mexico upsets powerhouse China in a dramatic four-set thriller

China confronts a fierce battle against Mexico.
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 9, 2009 – Mexico performed superbly to overpower China in a mighty clash 25-21 17-25 25-23 25-20.
 Reigning and three-time world champions China started sluggishly in the tough match against Mexico to trail 7-13 from the beginning of the first set. Hard-hitting Duan Fang unleashed a series of fierce attacks to help China narrow the gap at 17-21 and 19-24. China saved two set points before going down the set 21-25.
 Mexico started nervously in the second set, allowing the Chinese several attacking opportunities. China gained the upper hand to lead 6-2 initially, thanks to solid blockings by Wang Wei and Duan Fang. Mexico regained their composure and tried to hit back bravely. Still, the Chinese marched on their acrobatic smashes to take the second set 25-17.
 The third set was a hotly-contested battle when both sides poured everything they had to make use of their exceptional skilss. As China narrowly led 23-22, Mexico clawed their ways back, with Andrea Rangel spiking devastatingly to help her team catch the Asian powerhouse at 23-23 and remained unchallenged to the end. Mexico bagged the third set 25-23.
 Both sides performed at the similar standard in the fourth set. As the Chinese had an exceptional offence, the Mexican defence was also magnificent. At 14-14, Mexico excelled in offence, making use of their powerful mid-court spikes to move ahead 23-19 and went on fighting to win the set 25-20 and the encounter.
  

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