The Hockeyroos still have a chance to make the final of the Champions Trophy despite having a 0-0 draw with hosts China PR.
Australia could have clinched their place in the decider with a win and sit in second spot on the standings, one point clear of China.
While three points against Japan on the weekend in their final group game will be enough to make the final.
China had the better of the first-half chances but the Hockeyroos pressed hardest in the second half, coming close on numerous occasions in the last quarter.
Jodie Kenny’s drag flick and Rebecca Greiner’s deflection were Australia’s best chances, as they finished with the advantage in all statistical areas including 8-7 shots and 17-13 circle entries.
“China defended very well tonight. We threw everything we had at them,' Kenny said.
“It was quite end-to-end in that last quarter. It was a shame we couldn’t slot one away,” she said.
Australia takes on Japan on Saturday from 5pm AEST live on kayosports.com.au.