Russia, Serbia looking for consistent run


Pool F: Russia v Serbia (11 July)

· Russia and Serbia faced each other three times in the 2011 WGP with Russia winning the first match, before Serbia claimed two wins, including a 3-0 victory in the bronze medal match.
· Russia won their next two encounters in straight sets in the semifinals of the 2013 European Championship and in the first round of the 2014 World Championship.
· The Russians allowed Serbia to reach 20+ points in only two sets in these last two wins.

· After losing 3-0 to United States on Friday, Russia have two wins and two defeats in this year’s WGP.
· That 3-0 against United States was their first straight-sets loss since 2011 against any team other than Brazil. Today’s opponents Serbia did not concede against them in the bronze medal match that year.
· Russia have lost their last two matches after losing only two of the previous 10 matches.

· After losing all three matches in the opening week. Serbia countered with a four-set win against Turkey on Friday.
· This match ended a four-match losing streak for Serbia in the WGP, their joint longest winless run in the competition (also four in 2012 Preliminary Round).
· For the first time in seven matches, Serbia conceded fewer than two sets. They can achieve this in back-to-back WGP matches for the first time since the Final Round in 2013 (3-1 against United States and 3-0 against Japan).
· Brankica Mihajlovic scored 23 points against Turkey, most of all Serbian players in a single match this season. She had not scored in the previous matches.


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