USA’s dominance of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League has come under close scrutiny since Tuesday June 6, when the Super Final kicked-off in Shanghai, China, for a six-day fierce tournament.
The reigning Olympic champion holds all titles on offer at the elite level, but it is the FINA World League that it has a stranglehold on the most.
Since the event’s inception in 2004 there have been 13 Super Finals with USA winning an incredible 10, while also claiming one silver and one bronze.
Team USA has won the last three Super Finals, consecutively.
There was excitement aplenty on the opening day of the FINA Women’s World League Super Final at the Match Natatorium yesterday (June 6).
From the opening clash, which went to a penalty shootout — where seven attempts missed — before Canada won 11-10 over Hungary, to the power-packed 18-9 success for Russia over Japan, the tournament was starting on the right note.
Reigning champion USA began strongly and finally overcame Netherlands 6-4 in the third encounter.
With a nearly packed house, China then took on Australia in the final face-off and controlled from the start for an exciting 14-10 victory.
Provisional ranking (after Day 1)
Group A: Russia 3, USA 3, Netherlands 0, Japan 0
Group B: China 3, Canada 2, Hungary 1, Australia 0
The tournament runs until Sunday June 11 when the semi-final and final will be held at 5:10pm and 6:30pm (local time) respectively.
Follow the action on FINA website. Daily match reports, results and ranking are available.
The Men’s Super Final will be played in Ruza (RUS) from June 20-25.