Olympic bronze medallists Brazil began their campaign in the Vittel Cup Women's World Volleyball Grand Prix in style last night by defeating rivals Russia 3-1 at a packed Macau Forum. In the repeat of the Atlanta Olympic Games bronze medal play-off, Brazil, backed by a small section of supporters, continued their dominance over the Russians by coming back from a one-set deficit to win 14-16, 15-10, 15-7, 15-12. Brazil have always been one of the best supported teams in Macau and last night was no exception. Brazil, winners in Macau two years ago, dropped the first set after a tussle with the five-time world champions who led 5-1 in the initial stages but then allowed the Brazilians to deuce at 14-14. Russian spiker Elena Batoukhtina finally closed out the set at 16-14 with a terrific spike. Brazil gradually took control of the game, showing why they are one of the most dangerous teams in the world. Meanwhile, crowd favourites China opened their campaign with a straightforward 15-5, 16-14, 11-15, 15-5 victory over South Korea.