China and Serbia in rematch of Rio 2016 final


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2017 - China meet Serbia Sunday in Hong Kong for the first time since the Asian side won in four sets in Rio 2016 to strike Olympic gold. With both already assured of a spot in the Final Six of this year's FIVB World Grand Prix, they only need to unravel the 3-3 head-to-head tie in the competition for bragging rights.

• China and Serbia have met most recently in the Olympic Games final with China winning 3-1.
• In the Group phase at the Olympic Games, Serbia won in straight sets against China.
• Their most recent World Grand Prix meeting came in 2015 when China prevailed after five sets.
• These teams have met six times at the World Grand Prix. Both teams have won three times.

• China saw a three-match winning streak come to an end against Russia on Saturday (3-1 defeat). The Chinese now have five wins and three defeats in the 2017 World Grand Prix.
• China have lost at least one set in each of their last eight World Grand Prix matches.
• China are one shy of 200 wins in the World Grand Prix (199 wins, 111 defeats).
• Xiaotong Liu led China in scoring against Russia with 15 points. She scored all of her points in the first three sets.

• Serbia have won six and lost two matches in the 2017 World Grand Prix.
• Serbia lost to Japan in a five-setter after being 2-0 up in sets. This was their first ever defeat in the World Grand Prix after being two sets in front.
• Serbia have now won seven and lost 13 five-set matches in the World Grand Prix. They had won their last three five setters, against Belgium, Russia and Japan in 2016, prior to their loss against Japan this weekend.
• Serbia could lose back-to-back World Grand Prix matches for the first time since four straight defeats in 2015-2016.


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