China are through to the semi-finals of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup ©

Defending champions Japan won Group A and China topped Group B at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women's Asia Cup in Amman.

The two 2019 finalists ensured their spots in the semi-finals and remain the favourites to play for gold again.

Japan's third win of the tournament was hard-fought, coming from behind to snatch the two points in the last quarter against South Korea, winning 67-62 at Prince Hamza Hall in the Jordanian capital.

Both Saori Miyazaki and Himawari Akaho scored 18 points - accounting for more than half of Japan's total points between them.

Choi Eun-sil with 16 was South Korea's top scorer.

China's victory over Australia was not as close and finished 82-64, as Han Xu finished as the team's top scorer with 16 points.

Despite being on the losing team, Samantha Whitcomb could lay claim to being the player of the match with 24 points scored, seven rebounds and having five assists.

Australia kept it tight through two quarters, trailing China by one point, but conceded 17 points more in the second half as the 2019 runners-up confirmed first place in Group B.

Both South Korea and Australia are to compete in the playoffs for a spot in the semi-finals, playing Chinese Taipei and New Zealand respectively.

New Zealand thumped India 109-49 to confirm third, as Penina Davidson scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Chinese Taipei were comfortable winners in their game for third in Group B, defeating the Philippines 93-52.

Lin Wen-Yu scored 19 points for Chinese Taipei and Filipino Afril Bernardino scored 24 for her team, nearly half of their points.