Group A – Slovakia
- Slovakia is the only newcomer in the entire field, including the men’s tournament.
- This is the very first time their women’s team has qualified for any big tournaments.
- Two years ago they almost made it against Turkey, in the play-offs they staged two thrilling matches, an 11-11 draw at home, then the Turks won 10-9 in Istanbul. This time they met again and this time the Slovaks were absolutely superior, won both legs with ease, 19-9 and 16-9.