In the last match of the first day of Grand Champions Cup, Japan showed great character to come back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to beat the European champions from Turkey.



Japan beat Poland 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10) after two hours battle. The Asian champions won a gripping encounter and owed a lot to an inspired passage of play from southpaw Kunihiro Shimizu in the fourth set where he scored eight points including three aces in a row, which changed the complexion of the match.

“At the start of the game we were a little bit nervous and not so good, but in the fourth and fifth sets we finally relaxed and played to our full potential. When I practice my serves and if I make a mistake it is all about the accuracy of the toss, so today I really concentrated on the toss and could make a stable service,” said Shimizu.

Coach Daniel Castellani added: "Japan played very, very well. They played at a high level in all aspects of the game, especially in service and in defence, and in attack they played a good, fast game. We did not play a good game today."

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