Francesca Piccinini (ITA)
Korea captain Kim Sa-Nee said: "We expected to play better against Italy. I'm disappointed that we couldn't run them closer."
Korea number 14 Hwang Youn-Joo said: "We tried as hard as we could to catch up, but we were feeling heavy."
Korea coach Kim Myeong-Soo said: "I believed we had prepared well to play against Italy, but looking at the players as the head coach, I felt they weren't mentally right, especially in the third set. I felt lonely looking at the players in the last set. We will have to go back to the drawing board for the next time we face such a strong team."
Italy captain Simona Rinieri-Dennis said: "In the beginning more power was necessary because we couldn't get into a good rhythm. The only thing for us is to keep winning. This was our first match against an Asian side for a while, so it was difficult in the beginning."
Italy number 12 Francesca Piccinini said: "It was a good match because we haven't played so many Asian teams. That was a good test for us because we have to play against two strong Asian teams in Chinese Taipei and Japan. Every Asian team plays differently, but Korea isn't as strong in defence as Japan or Chinese Taipei. Every match we have to think differently."
Italy coach Massimo Barbolini said: "For us it was very important to start well in our first match against an Asian team. I don't know if it is true that European teams are getting better while Asian teams get worse. What we can say now is that Pool D was probably stronger than Pool A. But I don't know if it will stay like that. I hope so, but I don't know. Little by little we have to improve, because the matches will get harder. Today was a good start."