FOCUS: Australian goalkeeper Lea Yanitsas peers through a forest of arms during Australia's win over Kazakhstan in the women's world water polo championships in  in Budapest, Hungary.
FOCUS: Australian goalkeeper Lea Yanitsas peers through a forest of arms during Australia's win over Kazakhstan in the women's world water polo championships in in Budapest, Hungary. Balazs Czagany

Aussies sting Kazakhstan in world title opener

THE Australian women's water polo team has beaten Kazakhstan 16-4 at the world championships in Hungary, with captain Rowie Webster scoring five goals.

Australia, ranked fourth in the world, led 8-2 lead at halftime with three goals by Webster and doubles by Zoe Arancini and Maddy Steere.

Kazakhstan fought back in the third-quarter cut the lead to 10-4 before Australia scored four unanswered final-quarter goals.

The win gave the Stingers top spot in group D after Russia beat Greece 9-7.

Australia next plays world No.5 Russia on Tuesday before their final pool match against the Greeks on Thursday.

In other results the winner United States thrashed South Africa 24-2, Spain beat New Zealand 10-2, Italy defeated Canada 10-4, China had an 11-4 victory over Brazil, The Netherlands smashed France 24-2 and Hungary beat Japan 20-11.

News Corp Australia

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