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SHANGHAI, China, July 21. THE third day of women's water polo qualifying matches took place today at the FINA World Championships held in Shanghai.
Spain opened the third day of women's water polo action by tripling up Brazil, 12-4. Bianca Gil Sorli was a monster for Spain with a five-for-eight shooting performance, outscoring Brazil by herself. Luiza Carvalho led the way for Brazil with two goals.
Greece slipped by defending bronze medalist Russia, 6-5, in the second match of the day. Antigoni Roumpesi and Stavroula Antonakou both tallied two goals for Greece, while Evgenia Soboleva paced Russia with two goals as well.
South Africa and Cuba tied in the third match, 9-9. Sarah Lee Harris connected for five goals for South Africa, while Yeliana Caridad Bravo Curro and Hirovis Hernandez Consuegra each posted a hat trick for Cuba.
A second consecutive tie occurred when The Netherlands matched Hungary, 9-9. Frederike Jacobie Cabout and Iefke van Belkum scored nearly all of the goals for The Netherlands with four each, while Barbara Bujka paced Hungary with a hat trick.
After a pair of close contests during the day, the defending champion United States stomped Kazakhstan, 14-4. Lauren Wenger and Annika Craig led the U.S. in scoring with a hat trick each, while Yelena Chebotova scored half of Kazakhstan's goals with two to lead her country.
Australia treated Uzbekistan unkindly with a 27-2 drubbing in the next match. Gemma Beadsworth and Rowena Webster led the way for the Aussies with four goals each, while Bronwen Knox tallied a hat trick. Aleksandra Sarancha and Natalya Plyusova were the two goal scorers for Uzbekistan.
"We know if we win the game, we'll be the second of the group and play against Hungary," Australia's Jane Moran said. "We didn't have a good start, but we picked up the pace and played faster, (so we won). Now if we beat Hungary we'll go to the quarterfinal."
Defending silver medalist Canada emerged victorious, 11-4, from a match with New Zealand. Emily Jean Csikos scored four goals for the Canadians, while four different players scored for New Zealand.
Italy edged China, 10-9, in the final match of the day. Roberta Bianconi and Teresa Frassinetti paced Italy with hat tricks, while Wang Yi had a hat trick of her own for the Chinese.