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Lang Ping rests star spikers ahead of World Grand Prix Finals

English.news.cn   2014-08-19 21:37:55

TOKYO, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Coming into the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals as the second finishers from the preliminaries, the Chinese team will play without four regular starters including Zhu Ting here in Tokyo.

"They have gone back to China with our team leader," Jenny Lang Ping told Xinhua. "The players have received some injuries over the weeks and I would like to give them a break."

Missing from the Chinese squad are side spikers Zhu Ting, the top scorer of the Chinese in the preliminary rounds where they collected five wins against four losses, Hui Ruoqi, setter Wei Qiuyue and middle blocker Xu Yunli.

"Our team is pretty tired after three weeks of hard games. This week we would like to give the young players more opportunities to play," she added. "We have many talented young spikers, they just need some time and more international experience to grow up."

The six-team final round will kick off on Wednesday with China taking on World Grand Prix Finals debutants Belgium. It will be the first encounter of the two teams in the World Grand Prix.

Defending World Grand Prix champions Brazil enter the competition as top title favorites after finishing the preliminaries with nine straight wins. Nevertheless, Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said the Finals were all about what happens from this point on.

"Nobody knows who is going to prevail in the Finals," he said. "Any pressure we have is to make sure we have a good game and show what we can do. The matches we start tomorrow are important as we head toward the World Championship, so we will do our best."

Russia, Turkey and the host Japan are the other contenders in the single round robin tournament that will be played at the Ariake Coliseum.

Editor: yanting
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