Day Four matches of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final determined the semifinalists. The USA, Canada, Russia, and Hungary will continue the contest for the trophy, while the losing teams will face-off for positions 5-8.
The USA and Canada were deemed favorites as they finished the Group Play as top-ranked in their groups. They made no mistakes against their winless opponents, Australia and Japan. The Group Play runner-ups also made it to the semifinals. Russia easily defeated China, while Hungary emerged as the winner of narrow battle with Netherlands.
STINGERS HAD NO CHANCE AGAINST USA
The reigning champion continued its winning streak with a convincing victory over Australia. The USA water polo players had a two-goal advantage in the first quarter (3:1), and raised it to five at halftime (8:3). They continued to increase the lead scoring two more goals than their rival in both of the following quarters. Aussie Stingers were struggling during the entire match and were not capable of overcoming the deficit. The game’s top scorer was Kiley Neushul who scored four goals.
The USA will face Hungary in the semifinals.
CANADA PREVAILS IN SECOND HALF
Canada water polo squad advanced to the semifinals due to its impeccable performance in the second half. Japan took the first lead with two goals in a row and kept that advantage by the end of the first quarter (3:1). Canada managed to equalize (3:3) in the second quarter and to reach a two-goal lead (3:5), but Japan tied the result by halftime (5:5) announcing fierce battle. However, Canada completely dominated the rest of the game leaving Japan scoreless. Japan water polo players have their hopes high for the rest of the competition, although it suffered a loss to Canada (5:9).
Canada’s semifinal rival will be Russia.
HUNGARY WINS DRAMA AGAINST NETHERLANDS
The most intense game was the one between Netherlands and Hungary. Even though Netherlands scored two consecutive goals at the beginning, but Hungary water polo players stepped up their game to tie the result until the end of the first period (3:3). They continued to control the game and netted the only goal in the second quarter to go on a break with one-goal lead (3:4). Netherlands did not surrender and equalized at the start of the second half, but Hungary netted two for a nice advantage eight minutes before the end (4:6). Hungary even had +3 in the final period, but Netherlands stroke back again and tied the result with 18 seconds left on the clock. Lieke Klaassen then placed the ball behind Hungary’s goalkeeper, but it was called back causing objections from the bench. The problem was the fact that the referee did not blow the whistle, but clock started and the buzzer went off. The result was still tied, and Gabriella Szucs scored the winning goal for Hungary (7:8).
Netherlands will tomorrow play against Australia.
RUSSIA EASILY DEFEATS CHINA
The ladies from the Russian national water polo team were in control of the game from the very beginning and did not allow China to jeopardize their power. They had a seven-goal advantage at halftime (9:2). China only managed to bring down the deficit to six, but could not overcome the difference. Russia increased the lead to nine before last eight minutes (14:5) but took the foot off the gas to enable China’s win by one in the final quarter. Nevertheless, Russia recorded a convincing triumph (16:8).
China’s next opponent will be Japan.
2017 FINA Women’s World League Super Final
Day 4 Results
USA vs. Australia 13:4 (3:1, 5:2, 3:1, 2:0)
USA scorers: Maddie Musselman (1), Melissa Seidemann (2), Rachel Fattal (3), Mary Brooks (1), Maggie Steffens (2), Kiley Neushul (4)
Australia scorers: Bronte Halligan (2), Rowie Webster (1), Jessica Zimmerman (1)
Japan vs. Canada 5:9 (3:1, 2:4, 0:2, 0:2)
Japan scorers: Yumi Arima (2), Chiaki Satanoue (1), Akari Inaba (1), Kotori Suzuki (1)
Canada scorers: Krystina Alogbo (1), Emma Wright (1), Monika Eggens (2), Kyra Christmas (1), Hayley McKelvey (3), Gurpreet Sohi (1)
Netherlands vs. Hungary 7:8 (3:3, 0:1, 1:2, 3:2)
Netherlands scorers: Miloushka Smit (1), Dagmar Genee (1), Catharina van der Sloot (2), Lieke Klaassen (3)
Hungary scorers: Dora Czigany (1), Dorottya Szilagyi (1), Gabriella Szucs (1), Anna Illes (1), Rita Keszthelyi (1), Barbara Bujka (2), Dora Csabai (1)
Russia vs. China 16:8 (4:2, 5:0, 5:3, 2:3)
Russia scorers: Ekaterina Prokofyeva (1), Elvina Karimova (3), Maria Borisova (2), Olga Gorbunova (3), Alena Serzhantova (1), Anastasia Simanovich (2), Anna Timofeeva (1), Tatiana Tolkunova (1), Daria Ryzhkova (1)
China scorers: DunHan Xiong (1), GuanNan Niu (1), ZiHan Zhao (1), Xiao Chen (4), Jing Zhang (1)