WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 6: USA retains World Cup crown with repeat win over Australia

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United States of America continued its charmed run through the FINA World Cup with a repeat win over Australia for the week and the last two World Cups. In Christchurch four years ago, USA triumphed over Australia, giving the country a second World Cup to go with the inaugural World Cup in 1979. Now it has three.

On the final day at the Ugra State University Sports Complex, USA won 10-6 and Australia has to be content with its third silver to go with three golds and four bronzes. In fact, Australia has contested the last three World Cup finals with head coach Greg McFadden at the helm, winning his first in 2006 in Tianjin, China.

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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 5: USA to defend World Cup crown against Australia

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Defending champion United States of America and Australia will face off in Sunday’s gold-medal final after both teams had convincing semifinal victories. USA beat off China 11-4 and Australia had the better of world and European champion Spain 8-2 on day five of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

In the semifinal round for place 5-8, Hungary shunted Singapore 42-0 and Russia was kinder to South Africa, winning 22-2.


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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 4: China-USA and Australia-Spain to clash in semifinals

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ESP vs RSA - credit: Russell McKinnon

China, Spain, United States of America and Australia will contest the semifinals at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex on Saturday. In play on Friday, China downed Hungary 8-6, world champion Spain defeated South Africa 12-2, Olympic champion United States of America sent off Singapore 24-2 and Australia held off Russia 10-8.

In the semifinals, China will face USA and Australia will take on Spain to see who contests the gold-medal final on Sunday.


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WP World Cup 2014 (W), Day 3: USA and Spain win groups ahead of quarter-finals

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HUN vs USA - credit: Russell McKinnon

United States of America and Spain  have won their groups on day three of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex. Group B was settled early when defending champion United States of America delivered a second defeat of the week to Hungary. With three wins, USA won and in the second match, Australia defeated South Africa 20-2 for second spot.

Group A went to Spain even though it lost to Russia 7-6 in the showcase match of the day. In a quality match where all the best players from Spain and Russia stepped up, there could be only one winner and that was the host nation, coming from 6-5 down with 5:28 left on the clock. It forced a three-way tie in the group and after the officials deliberated, Spain still won the group with a +6 goal differential to Russia’s 0. China beat Russia on day one so China was second and Russia third. The match before, China gained second place with a 22-1 victory over Singapore.

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World Cup 2014 (W): Champions take centre stage on Day 2

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USA vs AUS - credit: Russell McKinnon

Defending champion United States of America and world and European champion Spain are unbeaten after day two of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex.

USA began strongly in the Group B match and maintained a distance against perennial rival Australia before winning 8-6. Spain looked impressive against China in Group A, winning 12-5 after being 7-3 up early in the third quarter. China looked drained after its wonderful upset of Russia the previous night. The lesser lights took stage and South Africa scored three centre-forward goals against Hungary in the 25-3 loss. It was Hungary’s first win in Group B. In the final encounter of the day, Russia beat Singapore 35-2 In a Group A match-up.

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