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Big World Cup challenge awaits Cambage

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So far ‘s Liz Cambage has been unstoppable at the women’s basketball World Cup in Spain.
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But the towering centre faces her biggest challenge in Friday’s quarter-final against China in Spain – literally.

At 205cm, 19-year-old sensation Han Xu is one of the few players in the world taller than Cambage – albeit by just 2cm.

And China is aiming for the WNBA hopeful to prove the difference in their knockout clash at Tenerife after Cambage’s dominance of the tournament to date.

Cambage has inspired the world No.4 Opals’ unbeaten three game run to the finals, averaging a stunning tournament-high 27.7 points in just 21 minutes court time per match.

The 27-year-old has not met her match yet but world No.10 China are banking on Han to challenge, extending her stellar rise.

Han is already earmarked for the WNBA despite the World Cup marking her first senior tournament since starring for China’s under-17 and under-19 teams the past two years.

Her clash with Cambage looms as a highlight but China captain Ting Shao admitted the task of stopping the intimidating n would come down to a team effort.

“We know Cambage because she has played in China, as well as in the WNBA,” she told FIBA苏州楼凤.

“We know that are one of the best teams in the world and look forward to playing against them.”

China are backing themselves after booking a finals berth with an 87-81 triumph over Japan – their first victory over their Asian rivals in seven years.

Yet it remains to be seen who can dethrone Cambage.

The London Olympic bronze medallist is full of confidence after this month becoming only the third n to earn WNBA All-Star selection, and first since Lauren Jackson in 2010.

The Opals can book a semi-final against either Canada or world No.2 Spain on Saturday before a potential gold medal playoff with nine-time champions the United States.

won the 2006 World Cup and also secured bronze in 1998, 2002 and 2014.

Overwhelming favourites the US are currently on an 18-game unbeaten World Cup streak.

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