Women’s Basketball World Cup: The state is improving and the word “spell” leads the Chinese women’s basketball team
China News Service, Beijing, September 20 (Reporter Wang Zumin) The 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup will begin in Sydney, Australia on the 22nd local time. The Chinese women’s basketball team will make every effort to compete for medals in this competition represents the highest level of women’s basketball in the world.
The predecessor of the Women’s Basketball World Cup was the Women’s Basketball World Championship, which began in 1953, and was held 17 times until 2014. In 2018, the Women’s Basketball World Championship was renamed the Women’s Basketball World Cup . The Chinese women’s basketball team participated in the World Championships (World Cup) for the first time in 1983, and they have participated in the 11th consecutive time so far, and won the silver medal in 1994, becoming twice Olympic runner-up. (Barcelona in 1992) and the World Championships.
But since then, the Chinese women’s basketball team has not only failed to get on the World Series podium again, but also entered a long trough period. ) respectively created the worst record in the competition.
In recent years, with the rise of a new generation of players, the Chinese women’s basketball team has rapidly improved from the past. At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, he regained the Asian championship after eight years; it won sixth place in the 2018 World Cup, and became the team with the best record and performance in the group stage at the Tokyo Olympics last year. In the end, although the Chinese women’s basketball team failed to reach the top four at the Tokyo Olympics, the fifth place was also its best record in the last three Olympic Games.
In order to prepare for this World Cup, the Chinese women’s basketball team began a four-month preparation tour – starting from May 20 this year for domestic training, August 11th to Europe for training, and September 10th in two batches to Australia. final warm-up.
According to the official introduction of the Chinese women’s basketball team and the Chinese Basketball Association, whether it is domestic training, European training, or the final warm-up in Australia, the preparation of the Chinese women’s basketball team has had good results : finding the flaws in the team and deepening the relationship between teammates, the tacit understanding, reducing the gap with the best teams in the world, and gaining the confidence to participate in the competition.
Han Xu and Li Yueru, the two big insiders who played in the WNBA, returned to the team in late August, which further improved the overall strength of the Chinese women’s basketball team. In Australia’s warm-up game, the Chinese team defeated the host team ranked third in the world for the first time 70:63, and then defeated the Canadian team ranked fourth in the world, which further raised the expectations of the outside world.
In this group stage of the World Cup, the Chinese women’s basketball team is in Group A with the team of the United States, Belgium, South Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Puerto Rico, and Group B is the team of Australia, France, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Serbia.
According to the rules, the top four groups from both groups advance to the quarter-finals. The Chinese team, which is ranked 7th in the world, the United States, which is ranked first, and Belgium, which is ranked 5th in the world, are the three first tier teams in Group A. As well as the superior strength of the US team, the Chinese women’s basketball team should not fear other opponents in the same group. During the group stage of the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese women’s basketball team defeated the Belgian team 74:62. This time, it is no problem to advance to the quarter-finals as the top four in the group.
The final results of the Women’s Basketball World Cup quarter-finals will be decided by drawing lots after the quarter-finals. Therefore, if the Chinese team wants to go further, in addition to strength, it also needs a little “luck”. But in recent years, in addition to the US team, the Chinese women’s basketball team has won against other top 10 teams in the world, and has the strength to compete for medals.
FIBA is also optimistic about the prospects of the Chinese women’s basketball team in this World Cup. In its latest World Cup strength list, the Chinese women’s basketball team was ranked third after the United States and Australia (in the previous list, the Chinese team was second after the United States); Among the 20 players who deserved attention in the event, the Chinese team’s “Twin Towers” are on the list, and Li Yueru is ranked 5th and Han Xu is 17th.
Zheng Wei, the coach of the Chinese women’s basketball team, said in an interview with the media that the Chinese women’s basketball team has shown improvement in every game they have played in Europe, and she believes that the team will gets better and better. In this competition, the Chinese team will put itself in a situation based on “fighting” and will definitely complete the game with the best mental outlook and state.
The 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup will be held in Sydney, Australia from September 22 to October 1. At 15:30 on the 22nd, Beijing time, the Chinese women’s basketball team will face the South Korean team, first opponent the group stage.