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Kazakhstan seal 16th and final World Grand Prix spot

Kazakhstan's previous two outings were in 2007 and 2008 when they finished 10th and 12th respectively and now join defending champs USA, debutants Serbia and hosts of Group D China in the opening weekend of the World Grand Prix which starts on August 5
Blida, Algeria, May 14, 2011 – Kazakhstan became the 16th and final team to qualify for the 2011 World Grand Prix on Saturday after beating Algeria in straight sets 25-14, 25-13,25-21 in the second leg of a two-match play-off in Blida, Algeria.

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Kazakhstan, who were the fifth ranked Asian side, won the first match against the Africa champions in straight sets on Thursday and needed to win just one set on Saturday to compete in their third World Grand Prix, which they duly completed in 20 minutes.

The world number 19, whose previous two outings were in 2007 and 2008 when they finished 10th and 12th respectively, now joins defending champions USA, debutants Serbia and hosts of Group D China in the opening weekend of the World Grand Prix which starts on August 5.

Poland, Japan, Thailand, world champions Russia, Cuba, Peru, world No.1 Brazil,, Germany, Korea, Italy, Argentina – another country making their first appearance in the World Grand Prix - and the Dominican Republic are the other teams participating in the 19th edition of the premier annual women’s event. It is the first time a playoff is being used for the World Grand Prix and the first time 16 teams will feature having usually number 12.
 
The preliminary round is set to take place from August 5 to 21 and will culminate with the Final Round in Macau, China for the first time since 2001, from August 24-28.
 
  

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