Australia's Opals embark on their first ever FIBA Asia Cup this coming weekend in Bangalore, India from 23-29 July. The world number four ranked Opals enter the tournament as the highest FIBA ranked side and would be widely considered favourites heading into the event. They have been drawn in Group B against Korea (15th), the Philippines (49th) and Japan (13th). The tournament takes on great importance, as it serves as the qualifying event for the 2018 FIBA World Cup for Women. To qualify, the Opals must qualify for the medal rounds.