Olga Kamardina, FINA correspondent in Russia

USA opened their campaign in Surgut routing New Zealand. Host Russia took a slow start, but drove fast against Spain. Australia edged out China narrowly, and Canada predictably recorded a double-digit victory over South Africa. Besides clashes, launching round robin story for the 18th FINA World Cup’s edition, Competition Day 1 featured a concert, a show, and an official opening ceremony, which declared the competitions open. A number of important guests were present, representing FINA, LOC, and government authorities of the region. 

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FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup 2018

Competition results

Day 1 4 September, 2018

Match #1. 14:30 NZL New Zealand vs. USA United States of America 2-18 (1-5, 1-3, 0-6, 0-4)

Match #2. 16:00 AUS Australia vs. CHN People's Republic of China 11-8 (2-0, 3-3, 2-4, 4-1)

Match #3. 17:30 RSA South Africa vs. CAN Canada 3-18 (1-3, 0-5, 1-5, 1-5)

Match #4. 19:00 ESP Spain – RUS Russian Federation 9-13 (2-4, 3-2, 4-2, 0-5)