China look to extend head-to-head record with Thailand


Osaka, Japan, 5 October 2018 - Rio 2014 Olympic champions China go head-to-head Sunday at the 2018 FIVB World Championship in a rematch of the 2018 Asian Games final which China won in straight sets. The two sides meet for the third in a World Championship with China having won both previous encounters. In fact, Thailand have only beaten China twice in an FIVB competition, at the 2011 and 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix.

• China and Thailand will meet for the third time at the World Championships.
• China won the previous meetings, both in the first round, 3-0 in 1998 and 3-1 in 2002.
• Thailand have won two of their 20 major world level encounters with China: 3-1 at the 2011 World Grand Prix and 3-2 at the 2012 World Grand Prix.
• The women's major world level competitions are: the Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Grand Champions Cup and the Nations League.
• This is a repeat of the final at the 2018 Asian Games. China won 3-0 in Jakarta, claiming their eighth gold medal in the competition.

• China won their opening four matches of the 2018 World Championship before falling to Italy (3-1).
• China have lost back-to-back only once in their last 35 World Championship matches, versus Italy and Brazil in 2014.
• China have won each of their last three World Championship fixtures that went into a fifth set.
• Ting Zhu is China's leading points scorer in this tournament on 87 points.

• Thailand have won three and lost two matches at the 2018 World Championship.
• Three of their five matches in this tournament went into a fifth set (W1-L2). These were Thailand's first five-setters at the World Championships.
• Thailand could win successive matches at the World Championships for the second time, after back-to-back wins versus Kazakhstan and Croatia in 2010.
• Thailand can record four victories at a single World Championship for the second time after 2010 (4).
• Pleumjit Thinkaow leads her team in terms of scoring this tournament, on 63 points. Ajcharaporn Kongyot follows on 60 points.


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