Thailand look to repeat Brazil triumph against Serbia


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 15, 2017 - A day after beating defending champions Brazil for the first time in FIVB World Grand Prix history, Thailand meet Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists Serbia Sunday in Sendai. Serbia, who have only lost one game this season (to Brazil on Friday) have not played more than three sets in a match in 2017. On the other hand, the only two times Thailand beat Serbia in the World Grand Prix (2014 and 2015) it was in five sets.

• Serbia have won their first (2011) and last (2016) World Grand Prix meeting with Thailand. The three matches in between were victories for Thailand.
• Thailand have only won more World Grand Prix matches against Puerto Rico (5) and Cuba (4).
• Two of Thailand's wins against Serbia came in five sets, in 2014 and 2015.

• All five of Serbia's 2017 World Grand Prix matches have been decided in straight sets, with four wins and a defeat against Brazil. That is Serbia's only loss in their last nine World Grand Prix fixtures.
• Serbia's final World Grand Prix match of the 2016 tournament was the straight-set victory against Thailand. Their last fixture in the competition to last more than three sets was the 3-2 triumph versus Japan on 25 June 2016.
• Serbia have won four of their last five World Grand Prix matches that have gone to a deciding set, having been victorious in only three of their first 14 five-setters in the competition.
• Brankica Mihajlovic leads Serbia in scoring in 82 points.

• Thailand's straight-sets victory against Brazil ended a 10-match losing streak in the World Grand Prix.
• Thailand could win consecutive World Grand Prix matches for the first time since 2013 (against Algeria and Cuba).
• Thailand have won the opening set in only two of their last 20 World Grand Prix matches. They went on to win both of those fixtures.
• Ajcharaporn Kongyot is Thailand's top scorer on 67 points.


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