EMERGING world power Brazil last night turned up the heat at the Macau Forum as they swept away former Olympic champions Russia with ease and became hot favourites to win the Hutchison Telecom Macau Challenge. Having crushed minnows Taiwan on Friday night in three sets, 1988 Olympic gold medallists Russia were the next to get a taste of Brazil's brilliance when they too succumbed to the South Americans in the second leg of the World Women's Volleyball Grand Prix. Brazil, egged on by a small but noisy Brazilian contingent, won 15-7, 15-12, 15-3 and will prove a handful for crowd favourites China in today's title decider. China also won their second straight victory, defeating Taiwan 15-5, 15-6, 15-7. China struggled to beat Russia 3-1 on Friday night and despite the backing of a partisan crowd in the Portuguese enclave, the former world and Olympic champions may find the Brazilians too hot to handle. Brazil showed good form by winning last week's Jakarta leg with China finishing runners-up and judging by last night's performance, they will be very hard to beat again. Playing with authority and pin-point co-ordination, the Brazilians are a true sight to behold and are threatening to become what Cuba were five or six years ago as they emerged from the shadow of former world power China to become the game's undisputed champions. Ana Moser, Ana Alvares and the athletic Marcia Cunha showed superb judgment and fierce determination as they found cracks in the Russian defence. Having won the first set with comparative ease, the Brazilians were only slightly troubled in the second set when the Russians threatened to take it leading 12-8. But that lead was erased as the Brazilians rallied to take the set 15-12. They showed such tremendous form in the third set, Russia could do nothing to avert defeat. Despite the exertions of their cantankerous coach, Nikolai Karpol, Russia were resigned to defeat.