Hosts Japan take on African champions Kenya


·    Japan have won all of their previous four World Cup meetings with Kenya in straight sets.
·    Kenya are yet to win a set against Japan in any major international competition as they also suffered straight set defeats at the world championships (3 matches) and Olympic Games (1).
·    Japan have not lost a single set in the World Cup against African opposition (9 matches).

·    Japan have won seven of their last eight matches at the World Cup, only losing to Russia in five sets on Sunday.
·    Japan have played 99 World Cup matches, most among all teams with Korea (also 99).
·    Their 65 victories at the World Cup is one shy of the record held by China and Cuba (66).

·    Kenya's losing streak at the World Cup is now at 26 straight in the competition after defeating Egypt 3-0 in 1995.
·    They took only one set in their last six World Cup matches (3-1 defeat against Cuba on Saturday).
·    No nation have lost more World Cup matches in straight sets than Kenya (38). Korea are next with 34.


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