China News Service, Beijing, September 20 (Reporter Wang Zumin) The 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup will begin in Sydney, Australia on 22 local time. The Chinese women’s basketball team will make every effort to compete for medals in this competition which 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 Cup, which began in 1953, which was held 17 times until 2014. In 2018, the Women’s Basketball World Cup was renamed the Women’s Basketball World Cup . The Chinese women’s basketball team first participated in the World Championships (World Cup) in 1983, participated for the eleventh consecutive time so far and won the silver medal in 1994, becoming the double second at the Games Olympic (Barcelona in 1992) and the World Cup.
But since then, the Chinese women’s basketball team has not only failed to make it to the World Series podium again, but has also entered a long period of depression. ) respectively created the worst record of the competition.
In recent years, with the growth of a new generation of female players, the Chinese women’s basketball team has rapidly recovered from the past. At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, he regained the Asian championship after eight years; won sixth place in the 2018 World Cup and became the team with the best record and best performance in the group stage at last year’s Tokyo Olympics. In the end, although the Chinese women’s basketball team failed to reach the top four of the Tokyo Olympics, fifth place was also the best record of the last three Olympics.
To prepare for this World Cup, the Chinese women’s basketball team has embarked on a four-month preparation journey, starting on May 20 this year for national training, August 11 in Europe for training, and on August 10 in Europe for training. September in two games in Australia. final warm-up.
According to the official introduction of the Chinese women’s basketball team and the Chinese Basketball Association, whether it is the national training, the European training or the final warm-up in Australia, the preparation of the Chinese women’s basketball team has achieved good results: it has found the shortcomings of the team and deepened the relationship between teammates The tacit understanding, narrowed the gap with the best teams in the world and gained the confidence to participate in the competition.
Han Xu and Li Yueru, the two biggest insiders who played in the WNBA, returned to the team at the end of August, which further enhanced the overall strength of the Chinese women’s basketball team. In Australia’s warm-up match, the Chinese team first defeated the world’s third host team 70:63, then slightly defeated the world’s fourth Canadian team, further raising 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 United States, Belgium, South Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Puerto Rico, and in Group B is the team of Australia, France , Canada, Japan, Nigeria and Serbia.
According to the regulations, the first four of the two groups advance to the quarter-finals. The Chinese team, which is in 7th place in the world, the United States, which is in first place, and Belgium, which is in 5th place in the world, are the three first division teams of Group A. In addition to strength superior of the US team, the Chinese women’s basketball team should not be afraid of other opponents in the same group. In the group stage of the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese women’s basketball team defeated the Belgian team 74: 62.This time, it is not a problem to move to the quarter-finals like the top four of the group.
The final results of the quarter-finals of the Women’s Basketball World Cup will be decided by drawing lots after the quarter-finals. So, if the Chinese team wants to go further, in addition to strength, they also need a little “luck”. But in recent years, in addition to the US team, the Chinese women’s basketball team has won against 10 other top teams in the world, and has the strength to compete for medals.
FIBA is also optimistic about the prospects for the Chinese women’s basketball team in this World Cup. In its latest World Cup strength ranking, the Chinese women’s basketball team ranked third after the United States and Australia (in the previous list, the Chinese team ranked second after the United States); Among the 20 players worthy of attention in the event, the “Twin Towers” of the Chinese team are on the list, of which Li Yueru is in 5th place and Han Xu in 17th.
Zheng Wei, the coach of the Chinese women’s basketball team, said in a media interview that the Chinese women’s basketball team has shown improvement in every game played in Europe and believes the team will get better and better. In this competition, the Chinese team will put themselves in a “fight” based position and will certainly complete the match with the best mental and status prospects.
The 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup will be held in Sydney, Australia from 22 September to 1 October. At 15:30 on 22nd Beijing time, the Chinese women’s basketball team will face the South Korean team, the first opponent of the group stage.