Greece handed tricky draw for FIBA Women’s World Cup
A tough task awaits the Greece women’s national basketball team in Tenerife following the draw for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup…
The Greece women’s national basketball team will be put to the test when the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup tips-off in Tenerife, Spain later this year following a less-than-favorable draw.
Greece will hope to upset the likes of Canada, France, and South Korea for a shot at escaping what should be an exciting Group A.
The Greeks, who finished fourth at EuroBasket Women 2017 in the Czech Republic last summer, will look to improve on their 11th place finish at the 2010 World Cup after missing out on the tournament in 2014.
Greece lost to France twice last summer at Eurobasket 2017, with the second defeat even more bitter than the first as Greece missed out on a sure medal with the semifinal loss to the French.
In terms of South Korea, the meeting between the two countries will be the first in women’s senior basketball after narrowly missing paths at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.
It was in 2010, however, when Greece last encountered Canada as Greece managed to defeat the Canadians 57-52 in the eighth-final round to avoid finishing dead last in the second group phase of the competition.
Greece’s campaign tips-off against Canada on 22 September before a quick turnaround to take on France the very next night. Greece’s group stage campaign will conclude against South Korea on 25 September.
First place in the group will advance directly to the quarterfinal round while second and third in the group will advance to the qualification round against the third and second-placed teams respectively.
Greece’s potential opponents from Group B include 2017 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup runners-up Australia, 2017 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup runners-up Argentina, 2017 Women’s Afrobasket Champions Nigeria, and Aegean rivals Turkey.
Hosts Spain were placed in Group C along with Asian Champions Japan, European bronze-medalists Belgium, and Puerto Rico.
The reigning champion United States were paired with the likes of Latvia, Senegal, and China in what is expected to be a lopsided Group D.
2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup