Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee Member

Kunshan, China, May 28.— Canada, United States of America, Netherlands and Spain were first-day winners at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final being played at the Kunshan Sports Centre on Monday.

In Group B, Canada opened proceedings with an 11-9 victory over Russia in a see-sawing match where the Canadians controlled the second half and their lead in the final four minutes.

Reigning champion United States of America survived a shaky start to fend off Japan 14-4 in what USA head coach Adam Krikorian stated was tough adjusting to Japan's "unorthodox style".

In Group A matches, Netherlands held off Australia 7-5 in a tight match where Dutch goalkeeper Laura Aarts was supreme. And Spain deflated China’s pride with an emphatic display in the night’s final encounter, winning 12-6.

Group Points:

Group A: Spain 3, Netherlands 3, Australia 0, China 0.

Group B: USA 3, Canada 3, Russia 0, Japan 0.

 

Tuesday Schedule:

15:00, Group B, Russia v Japan

16:30, Group A, Spain v Netherlands

18:00, Group B, USA v Canada

19:30, Group A, Australia v China