Netherlands, Australia, Russia and China qualify for quarter-finals

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo

Olympic champion Netherlands heads a list of four teams who survived the second round of the women’s water polo competition at the Natatorium on Saturday.

The Dutch defeated New Zealand 14-8, while Australia held off a late-charging Hungary 10-9 after leading by four goals seven minutes from time. Aussie Stinger Rowie WEBSTER netted four goals to take her tournament tally to 11.

Russia had little trouble getting past Cuba, winning 26-4 and China pleased the huge crowd in the late game with a 15-6 destruction of Spain, built on a 7-2 opening quarter. MA Huanhuan became the tournament’s highest scorer with 14 goals thanks to a five-goal effort tonight.

In the round 13-16, Kazakhstan outlasted a defiant Uzbekistan 14-13 with Ramilya HALIKOVA scoring an incredible eight goals for the losing team. South Africa then blew a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper to force extra time but hitting the crossbar and losing 10-9 to Brazil.

The men’s competition on Sunday features the second round with some huge match-up in the battle for top-eight positions.