On day five of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final two semifinals were played. USA and Canada emerged as finalists, while Hungary and Russia will compete for the bronze. In the classification round for places 5-8, Netherlands and China will play for the 5th spot, whereas Australia and Japan will face-off to determine last two positions.
USA AND CANADA STORM THEIR WAY TO FINAL
The USA women’s water polo team once again demonstrated their power and experience. They allowed Hungary to score only once in the first quarter leaving it scoreless for the entire second and third period. The USA achieved a seven-goal advantage (1:8) eight minutes before the end and then took their foot off the gas. Hungary scored three unanswered goals in the final period but had no chance of making a comeback. The reigning champion preserved the lead and will defend the title against Canada.
Canada was struggling in the first half against Russia water polo players who netted eight goals in the first half. Canada was trailing 4:8 but dominated in the second half. It scored first two goals in the third quarter to bring down the deficit to two, but Russia responded in the same manner. Krystina Alogbo found the net to reduce the difference three before the final period keeping her team’s hopes high. Canada completely took the control of the last eight minutes of the game during which Russia failed to score. Christmas and Bekhazi scored a goal each and McKelvey found the net two times for Canada’s big triumph (10:11).
NETHERLANDS AND CHINA TO COMPETE FOR 5TH PLACE
Netherlands water polo team defeated Australia due to their excellent defense even though Australia put on a great performance. The result was tied, 1:1, in the first quarter, but Netherlands added one more for a lead before the second (2:1). Aussie Stingers equalized again, but Netherlands stroke back and reached a two-goal advantage before the break (4:2). In the third quarter, Netherlands increased the lead to four and entered the third with +3 after Webster’s goal (6:3). Despite Australia’s best play so far, Netherlands kept being in control in the final period as well. It went up to six-goal lead after goals scored by Catharina van der Sloot, Brigit Mulder and Laura van der Graaf. Stingers Bronte Halligan and Amy Ridge netted one each to only bring down the deficit to four.
The hosting water polo team will compete with Netherlands for the 5th spot. China recorded a narrow victory over Japan and giving its home crowd a reason to celebrate. Even though Japan scored the first two goals in the match and was in the lead at the end of the first quarter (2:3), China took over the lead in the second announcing a tough battle. However, Japan stepped up their game and went on a break with a two-goal lead (4:6) after two goals by Yumi Arima and one by Yuri Kazama. China did not surrender and managed to equalize again in the third quarter (7:7), but Japan was also very determined to win. Kotori Suzuki and Kazama scored for Japan reaching a two-goal lead again. DunHan Xiong brought down the deficit to one before the final quarter (8:9). China finally prevailed in the end and triumphed with only one-goal difference (12:11). DunHan Xiong was the top scorer of the day with five goals.
2017 FINA Women’s World League Super Final
Day 5 Results
Hungary vs. USA 4:8 (1:2, 0:4, 0:2, 3:0)
Hungary scorers: Rita Keszthelyi (2), Barbara Bujka (1), Dora Csabai (1),
USA scorers: Maddie Musselman (3), Melissa Seidemann (1), Rachel Fattal (1), Maggie Steffens (1), Makenzie Fischer (1), Alys Williams (1)
Russia vs. Canada 10:11 (5:3, 3:1, 2:3, 0:4)
Russia scorers: Ekaterina Prokofyeva (2), Elvina Karimova (1), Maria Borisova (2), Olga Gorbunova (3), Anastasia Simanovich (1), Daria Ryzhkova (1)
Canada scorers: Krystina Alogbo (1), Emma Wright (2), Kyra Christmas (2), Joelle Bekhazi (2), Hayley McKelvey (3), Shae Fournier (1)
Netherlands vs. Australia 9:5 (2:1, 2:1, 2:1, 3:2)
Netherlands scorers: Miloushka Smit (1), Dagmar Genee (1), Catharina van der Sloot (1), Amarens Genee (1), Brigit Mulder (1), Maud Megens (1), Laura van der Graaf (2), Lieke Klaassen (1)
Australia scorers: Amy Ridge (2), Bronte Halligan (2), Rowie Webster (1)
China vs. Japan 12:11 (2:3, 2:3, 4:3, 4:2)
China scorers: DunHan Xiong (5), GuanNan Niu (1), Ning Guo (3), Cong Zhang (1), ZiHan Zhao (2)
Japan scorers: Yumi Arima (3), Yuri Kazama (2), Chiaki Sakanoue (1), Minori Yamamoto (1), Akari Inaba (1), Kana Hosoya (1), Misaki Noro (1), Kotori Suzuki (1)