FINA World League

USA and Netherlands face for WWPL gold

Photo: Russell McKinnon/fina.org

The FINA Women’s Water Polo League Super Final in Kunshan (China) is near to an end.

The semifinal games of the Final Eight were played today. Tomorrow, title-holder USA will face the Netherlands in the final match.

The team of the USA is eyeing its 12th title in the World League, while the Dutch have never played in the final. Their biggest achievement in the World League was bronze in 2015.

Group stage and quarterfinals

The Netherlands and the USA topped their respective groups in the first phase of the competition. The group phase saw a few surprises. The biggest disappointment was Australia team, which suffered three narrow losses and finished 4th in Group A behind the Netherlands, Spain and China. USA dominated Group B and took the 1st place ahead of Canada, Russia and Japan.

An encounter between Russia (bronze medalist at the 2017 World Championships) and Spain, which was the runner-up at last year’s WCH was the most exciting encounter of the quarterfinals. The Russians secured a win after a penalty shoot-out (12:11). In other games, there were no surprises.

Semifinal day

Today, the first semifinal saw a replay of the semifinal of the 2017 World Championships in Budapest: Russia – USA. These two teams already faced in the Group phase of the F8 tournament (USA won 10:7).

The USA team, which rules the women’s’ water polo for years, controlled the semifinal game from the beginning and jumped to a 7:1 lead early in the third period. Of course, it was clear that there was no way back for the Russians, despite they played well in the second half. Russia held USA scoreless in the last quarter when it was too late. The USA celebrated an 8:3 victory. The semifinal game at the last year’s World Championships also ended with a 5-goal margin (14:9 for the USA).

USA 8:3 Russia
(3:1, 3:0, 2:1, 0:1)

USA: Gilchirst 2, K. Neushul 2, J. Neushul 2, Steffens, Seidemann.
Russia: Timofeeva, Ivanova, Serzhantova.

The Netherlands played against last year’s silver medalists Canada in the second semifinal clash. The Dutch built a two-goal lead by halftime (5:3) and everything decided in the third quarter. They were 9:4 up at the end of this period and sailed to a nice 11:5 win.

Netherlands 11:5 Canada
(3:2, 2:1, 4:1, 2:1)

Netherlands:Van der Sloot 3, Joustra 2, Sleeking 2, Meggens , Genee, Sevenich, Koolhaas.
Canada: Crevier 2, Wright, Eggens, Paul.

Semifinals for places 5 – 8

China defeated Japan in the Asian derby that was played in the semifinals for the places 5 – 8. The Japanese had a 6:4 lead two minutes before the last break. But, the hosts produced a big comeback for an 8:7 win. In the second match, Spain overcame Australia (11:8).

Spain 11:8 Australia
(2:2, 5:1, 3:1, 1:4)

——–

China 8:7 Japan
(2:2, 0:2, 4:3, 2:0)

FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final (Kunshan, May 28th – June 2nd)

Group phase

A group
Day 1
Australia – Netherlands 5:7
Spain – China 13:6

Day 2
Spain – Netherlands 6:7
Austrailia – China 6:8

Day 3
Spain – Australia 10:9
China – Netherlands 7:10

1. Netherlands 3 – 9
2. Spain 3 – 6
3. China 3 – 3
4. Austraia 3 – 0

B group

Day 1
Russia – Canada 9:11
USA – Japan 14:4

Day 2
Russia – Japan 22:10
USA – Canada 12:5

Day 3
Russia – USA 7:10
Canada – Japan 13:4

1. USA 3 – 9
2. Canada 3 – 6
3. Russia 3 – 3
4. Japan 3 – 0

Quarterfinals

Spain – Russia 11:12 (pso)
Netherlands – Japan 18:7
Australia – USA 1:12
China – Canada 2:5

Semifinals

Rankings 5 – 8
Spain – Australia 11:8
China – Japan 8:7

Rankings 1 – 4
USA – Russia 8:3
Netherlands – Canada 11:5

Saturday, June 2nd

For places 7 – 8: Australia – Japan
For places 5 – 6: Spain – China
For places 3 – 4: Russia – Canada
Final: USA – Netherlands

All winners

2004 USA
2005 Greece
2006 USA
2007 USA
2008 Russia
2009 USA
2010 USA
2011 USA
2012 USA
2013 China
2014 USA
2015 USA
2016 USA
2017 USA
2018 ?

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