Turks look to beat Russia to end winless streak


Pool F: Russia v Turkey (12 July)

· Russia and Turkey have met three times before in the World Grand Prix, all in 2014.
· Turkey won the last two World Grand Prix matches between these two (3-1, 3-2) after a 3-2 defeat in their first encounter.
· Turkey also won at the most recent World Championship (in 2014), again in five sets.

· On Saturday, Russia ended a three-match losing streak in the World Grand Prix by beating Serbia 3-2. Russia now have three wins and two defeats in this year's edition.
· Russia have now won six of their last seven five-setters in the World Grand Prix. The only exception occurred last season, when today’s opponents Turkey beat them in five in the Preliminary Round. Later on in that campaign, Russia took revenge and beat Turkey in five sets in the Final Round.
· Nataliya Goncharova scored a whopping 27 points against Serbia, most for a Russian in the 2015 World Grand Prix. With 93 total points, Goncharova is Russia’s top scorer in this year’s campaign.

· Turkey are still winless in the World Grand Prix in 2015, with five defeats after five matches. This is the outright longest streak without a victory for Turkey in history of the World Grand Prix.
· The highest number of defeats for Turkey in a single World Grand Prix campaign is six (in 2014). They need to win against Russia to avoid equaling this number already after two weeks of play in 2015.
· Turkey have lost eight of their last nine World Grand Prix matches and are winless in their last five since a 3-1 win over Belgium in last season's Final Round.
· Polen Uslupehlivan scored almost a third of Turkey’s points in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against United States (24 of 77). She came within one point of Neriman Ozsoy’s 25-point effort against USA on 4 July, who is Turkey’s most prolific scorer in a single 2015 World Grand Prix match.


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