China's excellence in women's volleyball would be put to the test in the Chengdu Stage of the FIVB World Grand Prix. The Chinese team met Thailand, the squad which defeated China in last year's Asian Championship.
The Thai lineup was basically the same as in last year's Asian title bout. Wang Yimei was still among the Chinese starters despite a weak performance in her last game. China played a bit tight in the opening set and trailed early.
However, Chinese demonstrated their height advantage at the net again, and the Thais could not beat the Great Wall at the end. China won 19 points overall with its front line blocking,compared to 7 for Thailand. The Chinese women took took the 3rd set 25-22 for a 3-games-to-none victory.