The Serbian women’s programme has become
much envied over the past decade as the team have developed into genuine medal
contenders every time they take the floor. Their transformation began at the 2006
World Championship where, appearing as Serbia and Montenegro, they took the
bronze medal. A year later they claimed silver at the European Championship,
while 2008 marked their first Olympic appearance when they finished equal fifth
at the Beijing Games.
The Serbians won the European League three times from
2009-11. Taking gold at the 2011 European Championship and bronze at the same
year’s World Grand Prix further boosted their reputation. Unfortunately a spate
of injuries plagued the team’s campaign at the London 2012 Olympic Games and
they failed to win a match.
This year marks Serbia's fourth appearance
at the World Grand Prix. They took bronze in 2013 and came 11th in 2012. The
Serbians have a wealth of talent at their disposal and most of the team play
professionally for clubs across Europe or further afield in China and Brazil.
Key team players include experienced duo Jovana Brakocevic and Natasa
Krsmanovic. Long-standing coach Zoran Terzic seems to know exactly what buttons
to push to get the best from them and the rest of his squad.