The United States triumphed on the opening day ©FIBA

The United States began their pursuit of a seventh straight International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s Under-19 World Championship title by earning a comfortable win over Mali in Palasport Primo Carnera, Italy.

Shug Sutton ensured the American team would enjoy early success in Group A, as she top scored with a total of 19 points.

Her efforts helped the United States to outscore Mali in every period of the match, as they ultimately secured a 95-58 win.

The second Group A match saw the host nation fall to defeat, as Italy were beaten 74-63 by China in a closely fought contest.

There was a convincing victory for Russian in Group B, as they swept aside Egypt 114-63 to move to the top of the early standings.

Spain were also victorious in the pool, with their team earning a 74-42 success against Puerto Rico.

Canada overcame South Korea 91-45 in Group C, while France were 69-60 winners over Latvia.

Japan earned a narrow win over Australia ©FIBA
Japan earned a narrow win over Australia ©FIBA

Japan were able to beat Australia in a closely fought Group D encounter, securing a win by a 66-60 scoreline.

There was also a comfortable win for Hungary, as they stormed to a 111-67 triumph over Mexico.

Group stage action will continue until July 25, with each nation then advancing to the round of 16, ranked by their performances.

Quarter-finals are then scheduled to take place on July 28, with the semi-finals taking place on day later.

The final and third place playoff are scheduled to take place on July 30.