Olga Kamardina, FINA Correspondent in Budapest

Budapest 2019 race has reached its peak, as 8 teams have been reduced to two, who will fight for the Super Final’s Trophy.

This year’s prize is complimented by the first Tokyo 2020 Olympic ticket, and there is a new name on the contender’s name. In the main clash of the women's World League season, the USA will be challenged by Italy, reaching such a high stage of the competition for the first time during 5 recent years. In 2014, Fabio Conti’s side landed on silver, loosing to the same very mighty Adam Krikorian coached side.

The runners-up ways to the gold match have not been easy as the dominant forces met a good opposition on their semi-final clash against the 2018 World League silver medalists Netherlands. Italy was up to pass through an exhausting battle by Russia and a shoot-out, narrowly ended in their favor. The unlucky semi-finalists, the Dutch and Russians, shall play out the bronze medals. The consolation finals will see China vs. Australia for in the clash for the 7th and host Hungary vs. Canada for the 5th.

Semi-finals / Day 5 / 8 June, 2019

Match #17. 15:00 L13 – L16 HUN Hungary – CHN People's Republic of China 15-14 (3-1, 5-3, 4-5, 3-5)

Match#18. 16:45 L14 – L15 AUS Australia – CAN Canada 15-9 (2-3, 4-0, 3-2, 6-4)

Match #19. 18:30 W13 – W16 NED Netherlands – USA United States of America 6-8 (1-3, 2-3, 2-1, 1-1)

Match #20. 20:15 W14 – W15 RUS Russian Federation – ITA 12-13 (2-6, 2-1, 1-1, 4-1, shoot-out 3-4)

Finals schedule / Day 6 / 9 June, 2019

Match #21. 15:00 L17 – L18 (7 – 8 places) CHN People's Republic of China – CAN Canada

Match #22. 16:45 W17 – W18 (5 – 6 places) HUN Hungary – AUS Australia

Match #23. 18:30 L19 – L20 (3 – 4 places) NED Netherlands – RUS Russian Federation

Match #24. 20:15 W19 – W20 (1 – 2 places) USA United States of America – ITA Italy