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China is out of contention as Turkey wins in straight sets

China's quick play did not work out the desired output against Turkey
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 4, 2009. The People’s Republic of China really disappointed in yesterday’s opening match against Peru and the second game against Turkey was practically a sort of live-or-die for the girls of coach Jiaqin Wang, whose compatriots had clinched the world crown two years ago in Mexico. Rival Turkey was happy with the easy 3-0 against Tunisia and with another victory was likely to walk to the next round and battle for the top 8 spots in the final classification. The match was quite tight but in all three sets Turkey was less faulty, especially in the decisive and final rallies, and fully deserved the win.
The Turks started out with a great rhythm and a lot of self-confidence (8-2), maintaining the lead up to the end, even though they had to cope with a dangerous late comeback of the Asians before finishing it at 25-22. Turkey appeared extremely solid also in the second set: the match was pretty tough, but as in the game against Peru, China lacked of real consistency and probably was also trying out some complicated variations that the players still do not manage properly at such a tender age. Turkish captain Kestirengoz spread up the margin during her serving turn (18-15) and performed also a couple of impressive attacks from the back row to pave the way for the provisional 2-0 in the set count. The score stayed very close also in the third set, but Turkey – as in the previous sets – sped up right after the second technical break, with a good efficiency in attacking and blocking, and thus put China out of contention for doubling up the title the Asians had notched two years ago.

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