On the last day of the quarterfinal stage at the Asian Championship, we got the third semifinalist of the tournament. After Chinese Taipei and Iran advanced from Group F, China is the third semifinalist of the competition.
In a dramatic and exciting match, China defeated Qatar 3-2 (28-26, 21-25, 26-28, 25-19, 15-10) and became the first semifinalist from Pool E. After an unexpected defeat in the preliminary stage against Australia, China managed to secure the semifinal matches with two victories in the next phase of the competition. Match between Japan and Australia will determine the second semifinalist and the final ranking in Pool E.
In Pool F, Pakistan beat Korea 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-14), finished third in group and awaits an opponent in matches for 5-8 places from Pool E, who will be known after the match Japan – Australia.
Pool E (Qatar, Australia, China, Japan)
Qatar – Australia 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21)
Japan – China 1-3 (19-25, 29-27, 21-25, 19-25)
Qatar – China 2-3 (26-28, 25-21, 28-26, 19-25, 10-15)
Japan – Australia
Pool F (Pakistan, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Korea)
Pakistan – Chinese Taipei 1-3 (20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25)
Iran – Korea 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20)
Pakistan – Korea 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-14)
Iran – Chinese Taipei
Pool G (Kuwait, India, Uzbekistan, Bahrain)
India – Kuwait 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20)
Bahrain – Uzbekistan 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-19)
India – Uzbekistan 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-22)
Bahrain – Kuwait
Pool H (Thailand, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia)
Thailand – Kazakhstan 1-3 (25-28, 23-25, 19-25, 22-25)
Hong Kong – Saudi Arabia 0-3 (12-25, 18-25, 19-25)
Hong Kong – Kazakhstan 0-3 (16-25, 21-25, 16-25)
Thailand – Saudi Arabia
16 national teams were divided into 4 groups. Hosts Japan, India, Qatar and Bahrain were in Pool A, current Asian champions Iran, Pakistan, Thailand and Hong Kong China in Pool B, Pool C consisted of Australia, China, Uzbekistan and Kuwait, while in Pool D were Korea, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.
Pool A: Japan, India, Qatar, Bahrain
Pool B: Iran, Pakistan, Thailand, Hong Kong China
Pool C: Australia, China, Uzbekistan, Kuwait
Pool D: Korea, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia
In the 21st edition in Japan, the teams pleyed in a single round-robin format during the preliminary round. The two best teams from each group advanced to the top 8 teams which are divided into group E (A, C) and group F (B, D) to play again in a single round-robin format with transferred results and points from the matches between teams from the same groups that had already played during the preliminary round.The two best teams from Pool E and Pool F will advance to the semifinals, while the other 4 teams will remain in competition from 5th to 8th place. The same game format will be applied to the remaining 8 lower-ranked teams.