Olga Kamardina, FINA correspondent in Russia

FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup 2018 is entering its exciting phase where every team looks poised to be a possible winner. Quarter-finals showed “clockwork” and were of some predictable nature, but for one clash seeing a hilly road. Rich in a lot of ups and downs, Australia vs. Canada got a surprising ending, where “stingers” got 3 goals up. All other favorites earned clear double-digit margins and had no major issues recording their wins.

World #2 and European #3 Spain defeated largely New Zealand, 17-3, and booked their semi-final presence against USA. Overall champions have been again victorious, Scoring three times as more as China, 15-5, they did admit facing most of the anticipation in Surgut this night. Russia energized the crowd. They set thus a new scoring record of the tournament in Surgut. Winning 26 to love over South Africa, hosts will be looking to challenge Australia in another big semi-final, leaving their ex-opponents China up to testing Maple Leaves in a consolation one.

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FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup 2018

Competition results

Day 4,  7 September, 2018 / Quarter-finals

Match #13. 15:00 2A – 3B ESP Spain vs. NZL New Zealand 17-3 (3-1, 5-1, 4-0, 5-1)

Match #14. 16:30 3A – 2B AUS Australia vs. CAN Canada 9-6 (3-1, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2)

Match #16. 18:00 1A – 4B CHN People's Republic of China vs. USA United States of America 5-15 (0-4, 4-4, 0-3, 1-4)

Match #15. 19:30 4A – 1B RUS Russian Federation vs. RSA South Africa 26-0 (9-0, 4-0, 8-0, 5-0)

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Competition schedule

Day 5, 8 September, 2018 / Semi-finals

Match #17. 15:00 L13 – L16 NZL New Zealand vs. CHN People's Republic of China

Match #18. 16:30 L14 – L15 CAN Canada vs. RSA South Africa

Match #19. 18:00 W13 – W16 ESP Spain vs. USA United States of America

Match #20. 19:30 W14 – W15 AUS Australia vs. RUS Russian Federation