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03 Aug 2012

The battle for fourth place is on

The last two rounds of the women's tournament could have some surprises in store

The ultimate round of the women's basketball qualifications for the quarter finals will take place today. The day at the Basketball Arena kicks off at 9 am (London time) with the challenge between the two teams who haven't had a single victory under their belt yet in Group A, Croatia and Angola. If the European team manages to nail a victory, they could still have a chance of getting through the quarter finals in the last game against Turkey. However, at this stage of the tournament the future of many teams also depends on the results of the other teams in the round. The most interesting match of Group A will be played at 4:45 pm: China, still unbeaten, will take on Turkey, currently in third place. The USA team is likely to continue its winning streak against the Czech Republic (10:15 pm), who remains optimistic about being able to qualify for the quarter finals after securing a victory against Croatia. In Group B, France and Russia will continue to fight their way to the top of the round until their head to head match in the last game. The French are favorites against Great Britain (8 pm), while the Russians will take on the strong Australians (11:15 am), who are aiming to improve their place in the current standings. In the third match of the round, last chance for Brazil to reach the fourth place and get into the next round, in the game against Canada (2:30 pm), who are currently in the last good position to be able to make it into the quarter finals.