Thailand ready for battle after prelims cruise

Asian powers China, Japan await in next phase

Taiwan's Chang Li-yun attempts a block against Thailand's Hattaya Bamrungsuk during their final Pool D match at Alonte Sports Arena yesterday.

After three comfortable straight-set wins in the preliminary round of the 2017 Asian Women's Championship, Thailand face a tough battle when the second round begins tomorrow.

Chasing their third Asian title, Thailand are in Pool F along with three-time winners Japan, defending champions China and Taiwan after completing their preliminary round with a third straight 3-0 win yesterday.

Kazakhstan, South Korea, Vietnam and hosts the Philippines are in Pool E of the second round.

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