Brazil unrivalled in World Grand Prix with 10th title conquest
Brazil defeated Japan in straight sets at the last hurdle – a desired result to secure the title. The Japanese squad, who had an impressive run in the Finals, settled for silver – their first medal in the competition.
Meanwhile, Russia ended their World Grand Prix medal drought as they took bronze after defeating last year’s silver medallists China in the first match. Then, Turkey closed this season’s campaign in fourth place by 3-1 victory over debutants Belgium.
China and Belgium finished fifth and sixth place, respectively.
• The Brazilian women have bested their male compatriots with their 10th title victory; the Brazilian men have nine titles in the World League.
• Brazil have won gold or silver in 10 of the last 11 World Grand Prix editions.
• Brazil have won 20 of their last 23 World Grand Prix matches in straight sets.
• Japan’s eight-match winning streak ended.
• Russia have won five of their last six five-set matches.
• China have finished in fifth place six times.
• Tatiana Kosheleva are one of two top scorers in the Finals with 109 points.
• Turkey ended a three-match losing streak, their longest since 2008.
• Belgium finished sixth in their debut season, following Serbia’s best finish on their debut at third place in 2012.
• Belgium lost all five matches in the Finals but ended a streak of three straight-set defeats.
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