United States crushed China to continue their quest for a 13th FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final title ©Getty Images

United States crushed China to continue their quest for a 13th International Swimming Federation (FINA) Women's Water Polo World League Super Final title in Budapest. 

Having won all three of their group games while China has lost theirs, this always looked like being a complete mismatch, and so it proved as the US won 21-6 at the Danube Arena.

Five unanswered goals to start the game set the tone, and the US led 6-1 after the first quarter.

There was no let up from there, with the Americans leading 12-2 by half time and 17-3 by the end of the third quarter.

The winner of this competition qualifies automatically for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the US - who have named a stronger squad than usual for the Super Final - very much mean business.

Italy, who topped Group A with three wins from three, eventually saw off Canada, who lost all their Group B games, but not before being made to work hard and being pegged back on a number of occasions on their way to a 14-10 victory.

The Italians raced into a 3-0 first quarter lead, Arianna Garibotti scoring either side of a Roberta Bianconi goal.

The Canadians pulled it back level in a mad opening eight minutes - Axelle Grevier making it 3-3 with a cheeky lobbed finish into the far corner - and went ahead in the second quarter through Emma Wright's finish.

It was not long before the Italians had restored their lead - Silvia Avegno pulled them level before Garibotti made it three goals from three shots for 5-4.

From there, Italy were gradually able to extend their advantage, reaching 11-7 by the end of the third quarter and keeping the Canadians at arm's length until the close.

Garibotti proved especially unstoppable for the Italians - from her first five shots, she scored five goals - while Bianconi netted six times from nine shots.

Arianna Garibotti scored five times as Italy beat Canada 14-10 in their quarter-final ©FINA
Arianna Garibotti scored five times as Italy beat Canada 14-10 in their quarter-final ©FINA

The Netherlands are also through to the semi-finals after defeating gallant hosts Hungary 12-10 in front of a partisan crowd.

The Dutch were surprise second place finishers in Group A after losing to Italy, and went 2-0 down in the early stages, before Hungary's Krisztina Garda missed a penalty that would have given them a three-goal cushion.

This switched the momentum, with Netherlands drawing level by the buzzer and going 6-3 up by half-time.

Hungary got back to within a goal of the Dutch on a couple of occasions in the final two quarters, but could never overturn the European champions and so bow out of the main competition on home water in the quarter-final stage.

The first quarter-final produced a titanic tussle where Russia narrowly prevailed, holding off an Australia fightback to win 9-8 in a topsy-turvy encounter.

Russia led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter, a saved penalty by Russia goalkeeper Anna Karnaukh proving decisive.

Australia recovered and went 4-3 ahead in the second quarter, though Tatiana Tolkunova scored from distance on the buzzer to ensure the sides went into half-time level.

It set Russia on a run of four unanswered goals to put them in command, and though Australia tried to rally, a penalty from Ekaterina Prokofyeva with less than five minutes to go made it 9-6 and seemed to ensure the result was in the bag.

Australia called a time-out and regrouped, scoring twice more late on to ensure a grandstand finish, however Russia held on.