FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022: Quarter-finals unfold as USA look unstoppable, Australia top ‘Group of Death’

After six days and 30 basketball games, it’s time to say goodbye to the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup group stage, along with the final four teams.

After a rest day on Wednesday, all eyes will now turn to the quarter-finals as the top four teams in each group look to maintain their World Cup efforts.

In Group A, the United States emerged as the top team after a completely dominating effort during the group stage that included the all-time high points in a game, joined by Belgium, China and Puerto Rico.

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Group B – dubbed the ‘Group of Death’ – was a much tighter competition, but after some impressive wins over Canada and Japan, Australia held on to take first place. Also coming out of the second group are France, Canada and Serbia.

This group victory is particularly good news for the Opals, who are guaranteed to face the Americans until the final, if they make it that far, but from now on there will be no easy matches. for no one.

USA vs Serbia, 12:00 AEST

The first quarter-final of the World Cup will see the favorites USA take on Serbia, in a game that will most likely end in a big US victory.

Serbia have had their ups and downs in this tournament, finishing with a 3-2 record in the group stage which includes wins against France and Japan, but also losses against Canada and Australia.

On the other hand, USA have looked unstoppable, undefeated so far, their closest game being their opener against Belgium, in which half of their roster still hasn’t arrived due WNBA Finals.

Puerto Rico vs. Canada, 2:30 p.m. AEST

The feel-good story of the tournament so far, Puerto Rico qualified for the quarter-finals after earning an upset win over Korea.

But if they want the fairy tale to continue, they’ll have to take their game to a whole new level, as they face a Canadian team that has only lost one game so far.

Canada, whose only loss came against Australia, is a real medal blow, and Puerto Rico will have their work cut out for them in this one.

China vs. France, 6:00 p.m. AEST

It’s a game that has significant blockbuster potential, with two of the strongest offenses each looking to end the other’s campaign early.

Without the United States, China would be the favorites for this tournament’s gold, with their only loss so far at the hands of the Americans, who have won four colossal victories.

France have been far less consistent, claiming big wins over Australia and Japan, but have been beaten by Canada and Serbia, and they will need something special to stop China’s march to the finals .

Australia vs. Belgium, 8:30 p.m. AEST

Australian Opals (FIBA Women's World Cup)

Completing the quarter-finals is a match that, on paper, Australia should win quite easily.

After a shaky start to France, the Opals would not lose another game, gritting their teeth and somehow emerging top of Group B.

Belgium went 3-2 in their group stage, with their losses to the USA and China, but their loss of Emma Meesseman for the rest of the tournament with a calf injury is a devastating blow, and they will have to rally in a great way to fight against a well-timed forming Opals team.

After group stage play is complete, the first and second team from each group are drawn against the third and fourth from the opposite group, so neither team will play against a team they have faced during the group stage.

Additionally, the bracket is constructed in such a way that the top team in each group cannot play each other before the final, which is why the Opals’ Group B win was such a crucial achievement for their medal hopefuls. .

The FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup will be broadcast in Australia on ESPN.

ESPN is available in Australia through Foxtel, Fetch and Kayo Sports.

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