The French women’s basketball team, hampered by the withdrawal of several executives, started the world championship in uncertainty but with a desire to reclaim a new medal. Today’s first match is against host country Australia.
What is the ideal preparation for the world championship? Certainly not the one that the French women’s basketball team experienced. In an age when everything was a millimeter, counting to reach the top to compete in competition, fate was remembered in the good memories of the blues and junior preachers. Nothing went as planned for the band at Jean-Aimé Toupane.
Deprived of many of the key players involved in the WNBA, the coach had to constantly adapt to a moving group, juggling late arrival and many packages. The road to Australia has had its share of casualties and almost all CEOs. While returning, Sandrine Groda had to give up the adventure at the end of August due to a calf injury. More than just a player, France lost their leader there, their first choice in attack and a player able to focus all of the opponent’s defence. But the spell did not stop there. Maren Johannes kicked off the WNBA with the New York Liberty, and would have joined her teammates at a fast pace but was clipped with a rebellious thigh, replaced by Mamignan Touré, seen on the 3×3 team at the last (fourth) Olympics. Ahead of Brilliant Butt, Tricolor leader Olivia Ipopa, a true defensive lung, withdrew for “medical reasons,” as pivotal victim Abby Jay sustained a sprained knee and ward Janelle Salone, who was wounded in the wrist. Same price as Endy Miyem and Alix Duchet, also absent from this World Cup when Valériane Vukosavljevic invoked personal reasons. “We will see if we are a real team or not. When everything is smooth and easy, it is not fun”Alexia Chartereau laughs as his coach sees the opportunity “To unite the team” Emphasis on the personality of its players.
For if these many packages cast a veil of uncertainty about Les Bleues’ capabilities, it also opens up a tremendous opportunity for a new generation to shine and assert themselves, like the Marine Fauthux who will have to set the pace for leadership. Eliana Robert. Just crowned the WNBA title, after the French and European Cup champions with Borg, the pivot will be the cornerstone of the tricolor attack from the 1.94-meter summit. “No one is waiting for us”, already salivates Fauthux, who would like to create a surprise. Indeed, this group has been completely turned upside down, as previous campaigns and their share of disappointments no longer have any real value, at least in the minds of players who will be keen to do the best in themselves and avenge their elders.
It must be said that fate was upsetting the Blues in the World Cup because they would find the Japanese in the group stages, and flogged in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games and in a friendly match last week, the Serbs who denied them. Of the European title, or Australia again, a medalist in 5 of the last six World Cup editions. The host nation, the host, led by the ever-present stainless Lauren Jackson, 41, will also be the French’s number one contender. Not a gift but a good thing if we are to believe the coach. “I prefer to play with them at the beginning, because often the settings are not ideal. We have things to argue against this relatively large team, inside and out, who plays a lot on the go”says Toban.
Dans une première phase o les quatre premières de chaque poule se qualifient pour les quarts de finale, le droit à l’erreur est possible, ce qui libère aussi d’un poids même si le remplaçant de Valérie bi compéré étré sé rété maître y On the seat. “We are on a mission. I have no doubt that everyone will do their best to do their best. I think we have nothing to envy about other nations, physically, technically and ‘basketball’.”, urges Toupane. The task begins today.
The first match of the World Championship in Group B between France and Australia will take place from 12:30 pm, at the Sydney Superdome in Sydney.
The final match of the first day of the Women’s Basketball World Championship between France and Australia will be broadcast live on beIN Sport 1.
The Group B meeting between France’s Marie Vothox and Australia’s Indestructible Lauren Jackson will be available to stream on MyCanal platforms.
BetClic: France: 2.85 / Australia: 1.36
Sports bets: France: 2.90 / Australia: 1.40.00000
Winamax: France: 2.85 / Australia: 1.37