Pool E: Japan v China (12 July)
· China have won 20 of their 23 previous World Grand Prix encounters against Japan.
· Japan have won the last two World Grand Prix matches featuring these two, 3-1 and 3-0 both in 2014. These were their first wins over China in the competition since a 3-0 win in 2001.
· China then bounced back with a 3-2 first round win against Japan at the 2014 World Championship.
· Japan beat Dominican Republic in straight sets on Saturday after losing to Italy in a five-setter on Friday. Just like last week, they countered in their second match after losing the first.
· Last week, they also won their third match, a feat they would like to repeat in front of a home crowd.
· Japan have won three of their opening five matches in 2015 after going winless in their first five in 2014. Back then, they recorded their first win in their sixth match, against Thailand.
· On Saturday, China recorded a fifth win in as many matches in 2015, when they proved too strong for Italy (3-1).
· China can win six World Grand Prix matches in a row, their longest streak since winning 13 straight in 2013, when they finished second behind Brazil.
· For the third time in five matches in 2015, Ting Zhu was China’s topscorer when she scored 17 points against Italy.