Lausanne, Switzerland, December 22, 2015 - Despite a heavy loss to USA early on, China persevered with huge wins over Russia and then over hosts Japan, closing their campaign with just that single defeat to claim their fourth title in the history of the World Cup and match Cuba's record. A truly thrilling end to an amazing competition that saw China joined by Serbia in early qualification to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The unbelievable combinations of scorelines resulted in two ties - one for first place between China and Serbia at 10-1 (resolved on points, 30 to 26) and one for bronze between USA and Russia on 9-2 (the Americans prevailing 28 points to 27).
Hosts Japan, who had been attracting huge sellout crowds every single day of the World Cup, finished fifth.
China may have been missing their talented captain, Hui Ruoqi (for medical reasons) but throughout the two-week tournament the star of Zhu Ting shone, as she led her team to triumph. Her efforts were rewarded with the MVP award, leading a Dream Team of incredible players that provided a great show for millions around the world.