Turkey and Brazil both seek second 2017 win


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2017 - Defending champions Brazil are hosted by Turkey Sunday in Ankara in what is their fourth head-to-head encounter in the history of the FIVB World Grand Prix. Brazil's only defeat to Turkey was in the final round of 2014 in five sets. Both teams are 1-1 this season, after Brazil suffered a rare straight-set defeat to Serbia Saturday and Turkey put an end to a five-match losing streak with a win over Belgium.

• Brazil have won three of their four World Grand Prix matches against Turkey, with the exception of the 3-2 defeat in the final round in 2014.
• Of all opponents Turkey have faced multiple times at the World Grand Prix, they only have a lower win percentage versus Italy and Russia (both 20%) than versus Brazil (25%).
• Turkey's win in 2014 was their only victory over Brazil in world level tournaments, losing on the other six occasions.
• Three of their last four matches in all competitions were decided in five sets, with the exception of Brazil's straight sets victory at the 2016 World Grand Prix.

• Turkey bounced back after an opening round defeat against Serbia by beating Belgium 3-1 on Saturday.
• The win against Belgium ended a five-match losing streak for Turkey in the World Grand Prix.
• Since the start of 2015, Turkey have won at least two consecutive World Grand Prix matches only twice.
• Polen Uslupehlivan scored most points for Turkey in both matches this campaign, seven against Serbia and 19 against Belgium.

• After a 3-0 opening win against Belgium, Brazil lost their second World Grand Prix match in straight sets against Serbia.
• For Brazil, this was only their sixth straight-sets defeat in the last 11 editions of the World Grand Prix (2007-2017).
• Brazil have not lost back-to-back World Grand Prix matches since losing their last four in the 2007 campaign.
• Brazil have only once lost consecutive World Grand Prix matches in straight sets, in 2002 against Germany and Russia.
• The last World Grand Prix in which Brazil lost two of their first three matches was 2001.


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