The 18thstaging of the FIVB Women’s Volleyball world championship has kicked off in Japan. This is the third time it has been staged in Japan in the last twelve years, with the final four taking place at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama. The tournament is running until the 20thof October as the 24 best teams contest for the title. There have been many people looking to compare the prices of the favourites for the tournament, with a lot of recommendations pointing towards using the odds comparison tool at Wincomparator. Serbia are a popular selection for many to go all the way. Here we cover the results following round one:

Pool A

Pool A was a competitive affair that included the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Argentina and Cameroon. As expected Cameroon struggled only picking up one victory in their five games, with a 3-1 set win against Mexico. The group was led by Netherlands who came out with a faultless five victories from five, dropping just three sets. The hosts Japan also followed them through, losing only to the Dutch in which they also dropped just three sets. Both sides have it all to do if they are to go all the way.

Pool B

Pool B included Italy, China, Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada and Cuba. The latter started with little expectations and thus struggled, losing all five of their games. It would be the Italians who progressed through as group winners, with five successes. They lost just one set in the process. China were also impressive in the group only losing to the Italians.

Pool C

The penultimate group was headed by the USA, who as expected topped the group, winning all five games. The Russians finished as runners-up, losing only to the USA with both sides dropping five sets throughout. The two sides in the group to struggle most were Korea and Trinidad & Tobago, winning just one match between them. Thailand and Azerbaijan were the other sides in the group both picking up several wins.

Pool D

The final group was a blockbuster affair with the very impressive Serbian’s finishing unbeaten. They now rate a strong selection to go all the way. They did not drop a set throughout even facing off against the Brazilian’s who were runners up. They beat the rest only losing to Serbia. Lowly Kazakhstan trailed in last failing to pick up a set in the process. Kenya also struggled in the group with the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico picking up multiple wins. However, the group was all about the favourites, Serbia and Brazil.