WPWL Women's Super Final, Day 4: USA, Australia, China and Netherlands in the semis

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shanghai4While the defending champion United States and Australia triumphed over their rivals by big margins, the Netherlands and host China celebrated their narrow victories on the way to semifinals at the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final 2015 at the Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Centre on Friday.

On June 13, China will meet Australia and US play the Netherlands in the semifinals. In the 5th-8th placing games, Canada will face Brazil and Italy fight Russia.

Game 13

Quarters: 2-3, 2-3, 1-1, 2-1.

ITALY: Gorlero Giulia, Tabani Chiara (2), Garibotti Arianna (1), Radicchi Federica (1), Queirolo Elisa, Aiello Rosaria (1), Di Mario Tania (Captain), Bianconi Roberta (1), Emmolo Giulia, Pomeri Francesca (1), Cotti Aleksandra, Frassinetti Teresa, Teani Laura. Head Coach: Fabio Conti.
NETHERLANDS: Aarts Laura, Smit Miloushka (Captain, 1), Genee Dagmar (1), Van der sloot Catharina (1), Genee Amarens,Stomphorst Nomi, Nijhuis Marloes, Sevenich Vivian (3), Megens Maud (2), Van toorn Isabella, Klaassen Lieke, Van der molen Leonie, Willemsz Debby.  Head Coach: Arno Havenga 

Game report:
The Dutch squad always led the operations by a small margin, as the biggest gap was 6-3 in the second quarter. Italy showed consistence and perseverance by constantly trying to closing the gap, but its efforts were not enough to avoid the tangential defeat by 7-8.

ITA vs NED - Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Flash quotes:
Fabio Conti - ITA Head Coach: “Every team in the Super Final is very strong. Congratulations to the Netherlands because they started very strong while my girls only started to play in the second part of the game. We must not forget that at this level of international competition, we cannot lose concentration on the first and second quarters. This is a physical game. We just played Australia less than 24 hours ago, and now we faced the Netherlands. It was difficult for us to get recovered. We take what we did good, and prepare for tomorrow’s match”.

Arno Havenga - NED Head Coach:

“Our girls played very well, not only technically, not also displayed power and fight spirit. I am very proud of them. We had a very hard week. We played the USA for three times, including the Kunshan International Tournament before the Super Final. They must be tired. But we are here to prepare the Kazan World Championships, so we did train and focused on this tournament. In the worlds, we will play more European teams of this level and quality, but with less tight schedule”.

Game 14

Quarters: 2-0, 1-2, 2-2, 1-1.

CHINA: Yang Jun, Tian Jianing, Mei Xiaohan, Xiong Dunhan, Niu Guannan (1), Sun Yating (Captain, 2), Song Donglun, Zhang Cong (1), Zhao Zihan (1), Zhang Weiwei (1), Wang Xinyan, Zhang Jing, Peng Lin. Head Coach: Recardo Azevedo       
CANADA: Gaudreault Jessica, Alogbo Krystina (Captain), Monton Katrina, Wright Emma, Eggens Monika , Mckee Kelly (1), Bekhazi Joelle (1), Fournier Shae, Eggens Carmen, Robinson Christine, Valin Stephanie (3), Perreault Dominique, Colterjohn Nicola. Head Coach: Begin Johanne   

Game report:
China started strong as Captain Sun Yating scored two goals and led 2-0 over the first quarter. China played solid defensive tactics the rest of the game, conceding only five goals to the rivals.

CHN vs CAN - Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Flash quotes:
Ricardo Azevedo - CHN Head Coach:

“The most important thing is that we played a very good defensive game. I actually said during our team meeting this morning that we would win by 6-5. All the champions are good at defence. And my girls did it very well. They just get better and better each game. Our girls all played very well that I cannot say anyone is particularly better than the others. I am very proud of them”.

Begin Johanne - CAN Head Coach: “It was not like we expected. Our main objective was to enter the top-four of this tournament. It is not China winning, but we losing. We can play better than that. With the two missing goals from McKee Kelly, we would win. This was our weakness. Our shooting was also not very accurate and that was our problem. 

Game 15

Quarters: 4-1, 4-2, 6-4, 3-1

AUSTRALIA: Yanitsas Lea, Barr Chloe (1), Buckling Hannah, Lincoln-Smith Holly, Bishop Isobel (1), Knox Bronwen (Captain 3), Gofers Keesja (1), McGhie Glencora (3), Arancini Zoe (1), Southern Ashleigh (3), Halligan Bronte (2), Zagame Nicola (2), Wakefield Kelsey. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.
BRAZIL: Oliveira Tess, Bahia Viviane (1), Zablith Marina (Captain), Canetti Marina (1), Barroncas Lucianne, Chiappini Izabella (1), Oliveira Amanda (1), Carvalho Luiza,Dias Melani, Fernandes Flavia, Coutinho Mirella (1), Mantellato Gabriela (3), Chamorro Victoria. Head Coach: Patrick Oaten     

Game report:
Australia started strong for a 8-3 lead after the first half of the game and never looked back as captain Knox Bronwen, McGhie Glencora and Southern Ashleigh contributed three goals each for their team. Brazil met some difficulties to score since the Aussies established a very solid defence line.

AUS vs BRA - Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Flash quotes:
Greg McFadden - AUS Head Coach:

“I am happy. We won the quarterfinal. It was a very hard game. Our defence is very good as well the offense. We are prepared for the semi-final tomorrow. On how to deal with the tiredness, we were off this morning and had a rest. Since we have the semis tomorrow, we need to prepare for it”.

Patrick Oaten - BRA Head Coach: “Until we can fix our shoots on the offense, we will continue with our problems. We will keep working on it. We need to get stronger and we can't make mistakes at this level with teams like Australia. Our girls were focused but just need to improve the offensive part of their game”.  

Game 16

Quarters: 0-4, 0-4, 3-5, 3-4.

RUSSIA: Verkhoglyadova Anastasia, Borisova Maria (2), Prokofyeva Ekaterina (Captain, 2), Karimova Elvina (1), Krimer Kseniia, Ivanchishina Kseniil (1), Tankeeva Ekaterina, Zubacheva Ekaterina, Timofeeva Anna, Bogdanova Anna, Ivanova Evgeniya, Iarondaykina Nadezhda, Karnaukh Anna. Coach: Ogorodnikov Aleksandr   

USA: Hill Samantha, Musselman Madeline (1), Seidermann Melissa, Fattal Rachel (4), Clark Caroline, Steffens Margaret (Captain, 2), Mathewson Courtney (1), Neushul Kiley (5), Grossman Ashley (2), Gilchrist Kaleigh, Fischer Makenzie (1), Craig Kameryn, Johnson Ashleigh.
Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

Game report:
USA easily advanced Russia 8-0 after the first half and led to a comfortable 10-0 before Russian girls found the gate for three goals in the third quarter. Neushui Kiley was the star of the match, with five goals for the US team.

RUS vs USA - Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Flash quotes:
Ogorodnikov Aleksandr- RUS coach: “Not being able to score a single goal in the first half of the game, this obviously dictated the final outcome of the game”.

Adam Krikorian - USA coach:

“It was not an easy victory. It doesn't matter the scores. We played good and got some favourable calls in the first half. Our goalie saved some important shoots. Everyone is tired in this tight schedule. It is always tough to play day after day, but we are prepared to play well. We still need to improve in many aspects”.