Japan falls to Brazil in straight sets


Japan suffered another straight-sets defeat Thursday, losing to world No. 1 Brazil and failing to secure a semifinal spot in the final round of the women’s World Grand Prix.

The Japanese team, which was defeated by the United States in straight sets a day earlier, dropped to a 0-2 record after Brazil’s 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 victory in Group B action.

Brazil and the United States, which beat Italy 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-10 to win its second in a row, advanced to the semis.