Ashleigh Johnson performed well in goal as the US beat China ©Getty Images

United States booked their place in the final of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final after brushing aside hosts China in the last four in Shanghai today.

The Americans, the reigning world and Olympic champions, recorded a 11-5 victory as they bid to defend their Super Final gold medals.

Four players scored a pair of goals each - Rachel Fattal, Alys Williams, Makenzie Fischer and Kami Craig.

Melissa Seidemann, Maggie Steffens and Kiley Neushul were also on target while Ashleigh Johnson performed well in goal, keeping out 13 shots.

The US opened up a 3-1 lead after the first period and never looked back as they went in at half-time 5-2 ahead.

Rachel Fattal was one of four players to score twice for the Americans
Rachel Fattal was one of four players to score twice for the Americans ©Getty Images

Both sides scored two goals in the third before the Americans pulled away in the fourth.

"We had a consistent effort throughout the match to produce a win," said USA coach Adam Krikorian.

"We still have better water polo in us but this was a good result against a quality Chinese team."

The US will meet Spain in the final after they enjoyed a 10-8 win over Australia in their semi-final.

The Australians, like the Americans, had boasted a 100 per cent record before the game and many had expected them to set-up a repeat of last year's final.

It was Spain who prevailed, however, although the 2013 world champions will be second favourites in tomorrow's showpiece match.