Hosts Japan play Serbia


·    Serbia and Japan will meet for the third time in the World Cup. Serbia won the previous two meetings - 3-1 in 2007 and 3-0 in 2011.
·    Japan have won the last two encounters with Serbia in all major international tournament - 3-1 at both the 2014 and 2015 World Grand Prix.
·    In all of their major international tournaments meetings Japan leads with five wins to Serbia's four.

·    Japan have won 11 of their last 12 World Cup matches and are unbeaten in their last five, since a 3-2 defeat against Russia on 23 August.
·    Japan have won their last five matches and can win six in a row for the first time at a single World Cup edition.
·    They can win three in a row in straight sets for the first time since 2011, when their run of three straight-sets wins included a 3-0 victory against Korea.
·    Haruka Miyashita will celebrate her 21st birthday on the day of the match.

·    On Monday, Serbia came back from two sets down to win 3-2 against Russia, ending Russia's winning streak at the 2015 World Cup.
·    Serbia are now on a six-match winning streak, their best run in World Cup history.
·    Even if they keep winning all remaining matches they could miss out on the top two spots because of the points tiebreaker.
·    Tijana Boskovic scored 27 points in Serbia's 3-2 win against Russia on Monday, including 26 from 41 spike attempts.


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