Doha 2024: Women’s Water Polo Power Rankings


In the upcoming World Aquatics Championships in Doha, the battle for the women’s water polo title intensifies, with the Netherlands securing the top spot in the power rankings. The women’s field promises fierce competition, with only two Olympic spots remaining.

Netherlands: Dominance Continues
After reclaiming the World Champions title in Japan, Team Netherlands, led by captain Sabrina van der Sloot, has maintained its momentum. The Dutch secured a memorable European title, marked by Bente Rogge’s last-second winning goal in the final. Despite their undeniable strength, defending the World Cup title won’t be an easy task for the Dutch.

Spain: Strong Contenders
Spain closely follows the Netherlands in the power rankings, having lost to the Dutch in both Fukuoka and Eindhoven finals. Spanish players Judith Forca Ariza and Beatriz Ortiz pose significant threats with their exceptional shots. With a chance at reaching the final, Spain eyes a rematch in Doha.

USA: Emerging Power
The new Team USA, featuring a young roster, won the Pan American Games at the end of 2023. The team, with six players born in or after 2000, is gradually finding its rhythm and positions. Their Pan American Games victory adds confidence as they enter the World Aquatics Championships in Doha.

Greece: Strong Unity
Team Greece, securing a third-place result at the European Championships, is heading to Paris with the intention of making an impact at the World Aquatics Championship. Known for their team unity, the “Greek phalanx” presents a formidable challenge, though not as balanced as Spain or the Netherlands.

Australia: Unity Strengthens
Australia, finishing fourth in Fukuoka and sixth in Budapest, relies on the team’s unity for strength. Bronte Halligan serves as a reliable point in the squad, contributing to Australia’s competitive edge.

Hungary: Olympic Quota Aspirations
Hungary, eager to secure an Olympic quota in Doha, faced challenges at the European Championship. Greta Gurisatti’s recovery from injury bolsters the team, led by standout player Rita Keszthelyi. The Hungarians aim to make opponents’ tasks challenging in the upcoming championship.

Italy: Technical Brilliance
Italy, narrowly missing Olympic qualification in Eindhoven, displayed prowess in Fukuoka by defeating the USA in the quarterfinals. The team’s agility and technicality shine through, but occasional avoidable mistakes hinder their consistent performance.

Canada: Potential to Unleash
Team Canada, finishing second to the USA at the Pan American Games, aims to capitalize on its potential in Doha. The team’s ability to beat Greece by penalty shootout in Fukuoka showcases their competitiveness, raising expectations for their performance in the upcoming championship.

As the teams prepare for the World Aquatics Championships, the competition promises to be intense, and fans eagerly await the outcomes in Doha.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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