Japan had seven service points to China’s one.
China and Japan are the only two teams to have appeared in all of the competition’s 22 seasons.
China had won 20 of the previous 22 encounters with Japan in the World Grand Prix. Japan are the opponents that China have defeated most often in the World Grand Prix.
China beat Japan 3-0 on August 9 in Hong Kong, Japan beat China 3-1 on August 17 in Macau.
The two teams’ only previous World Grand Prix meeting in Tokyo took place exactly five years ago (August 22, 2009). China coasted to a 3-0 victory in that one.
China have lost four of their last five World Grand Prix matches.
Japan have won their last seven World Grand Prix matches, equalling the team record in the competition. Japan won seven in a row in 1994 and matched that achievement from 2012 to 2013.
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