Serbia's Rad: "We Want The Crown"

19 July 2007

Jovana Rad is making her final appearance in the U20 European Championship for Women in Sofia.

Having helped Serbia gain promotion to Division A at last year's tournament in Lithuania, Rad is making sure her team march undefeated to their aim.

That is all we care about it,  we want to win this tournament.
Jovana Rad
"We want to finish first," said Rad.

"That is all we care about it,  we want to win this tournament.

"We started preparations for the tournament two months ago  and we are playing well.

"This is the queen of tournaments and we want the crown."

After five games played, the Spartak Subotica power forward leads her team in scoring with 17 points per game.

"I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing not to have lost yet," said Rad.

"The fact that we have won five consecutive games has given us a big boost in confidence. The atmosphere in the team is great and everything is working well for us.

"But we must keep our feet firmly on the ground, there many strong teams out there, like France and Spain that are also showing their worth."

Defending champions Russia couldn't stop Rad as the 1.87m star fired Serbia to a convincing 93-74 victory on Wednesday with 21 points.

"We may have beaten Russia but they cannot be underestimated," added Rad.

"They are very good team."

It could well turn out to be a summer of domination by Serbia in the Women's game, as earlier this month, the U18 team clinched gold in Novi Sad.

"That meant a lot for our nation and for the women's game," said Rad.


22.07.2007 - by Cindy Garcia-Bennett
22.07.2007 - By Cindy Garcia-Bennett, PA Sport

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