Serbia face Belgium in quest to extend winning streak


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2017 - Undefeated Serbia face winless Belgium Sunday in Ankara as the Rio 2016 silver medallists seek to extended a winning streak in the FIVB World Grand Prix that already stretches to six. They meet for the second time in the history of the competition after the Balkan side beat Belgium last year in five sets.

• Serbia and Belgium will meet at the World Grand Prix for the second time, after 19 June 2016, when Serbia won 3-2.
• In all major competitions including continental championships, Serbia (including as Yugoslavia) have won seven of their eight matches against Belgium. Belgium's only victory came at the 2013 European Championship, when they won 3-2 in the match for the bronze medal.
• When looking at encounters in these competitions, Serbia have won their last three facing Belgium.

• Serbia have won their first two matches of a World Grand Prix campaign for the second time, after winning their first five in 2013.
• Serbia have won their last three World Grand Prix matches in straight sets, against Thailand (2016), Turkey and Brazil (both 2017). They could claim four successive straight-set victories for the first time in the competition.
• Serbia are on a six-match winning streak in the World Grand Prix, joint-most for them after a run of six in 2012-2013.
• Brankica Mihajlovic scored most points for Serbia against both Brazil (23) and Turkey (18).

• Belgium have lost each of their opening two matches of this World Grand Prix season, 3-0 v Brazil and 3-1 v Turkey.
• Last year, they started with six defeats before claiming their only victory of the campaign, 3-1 over Turkey.
• In total, they have won only three of their last 25 World Grand Prix matches after they started with eight victories in their first 11 matches.
• Belgium won the first set in five of their last seven matches, but only once converted that into victory (v Turkey last year).


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