In the first round of Group D, as expected, Serbia defeated China more than confidently. Despite all the previous news about Andrea Lekic having to miss the world championship, the playmaker of Vardar Skopje returned to the team for the start after her shoulder injury. The participation of Katarina Tomasevic was also doubtful days before the start due to family issues but the experienced goalkeeper also joined the Serbian national team for the beginning of the competition. Serbia was superior right from the first minutes of the game (9-1) and the team of Ljubomir Obradovic didn’t have to face a great challenge against the Asians. The difference was already 10 goals after the first half (21-11), and the Serbians doubled this gap for the end of the match. Serbia defeated China more than confidently, 43-23 but they will only have greater challenges in the upcoming matches of the world championship.
IHF Women’s Handball World Championship – Group D – Round 1
Serbia – China 43-23 (21-11)
Serbia: S. Damnjanovic 8, K. Krpez Slezak 8, S. Radosavljevic 5, D. Cvijic 4, S. Pop-Lazic 4, T. Radojevic 3, M. Obradovic 3, Z. Nikolic 2, D. Radojevic 2, J. Stoiljkovic 2, D. Stevin 1, J. Lavko 1
China: L. Xiaomei 9, Z. Haixia 2, W. Baogui 2, Q. Ru 2, Y. Yuanyuan 2, S. Mengying 2, S. Zhengwen 2, W. Nana 1, L. Xiaoqing 1
Penalties: 4/4 ; 1/0
Suspensions: 8 minutes ; 10 minutes (red card: Q. Ru)