by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
A superb begin, Quadri Aruna gained the best begin; an in depth first sport, he gained the important factors; it was the identical within the second and third video games.
However, as soon as the third sport was gained confidence grew, a most effective and skilled efficiency was accomplished.
“A great day, very happy; it’s really great to be in Australia. Today was just like yesterday when I beat Harmeet Desai, every game was close, just one or two points either way, I was lucky. If he had taken one of the games I think I’d have been finished. Sharath is a great player; he fought so hard. I only feel 50 per cent fit, I have a slight cold, a runny nose; after long rallies I have to take a deep breath. Today my forehand was strong but I think one of the main reasons why I won was because my backhand block was strong; I was able to block his top spin attacks and catch him out of positions. Now rest, I think I will take a sauna and rest, a good sleep.” Quadri Aruna
Success for Quadri Aruna was adopted with success for Gao Ning who confirmed glimpses of the shape displayed in London on the 2011 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals when he beat Korea’s Ryu Seungmin adopted by China’s Ma Lin, on the time the 2 most up-to-date Olympic champion.
“In the third game I led 6-2, he changed his service; he served more to my forehand. The main thing today was to keep calm; at this level, a semi-final, all opponents are dangerous. My level is not quite that of 2011, seven years ago buy I’m getting there.” Gao Ning
Guiding the ship was Singaporean nationwide coach, Liu Jiayi; he had labored out the techniques to perfection.
“My tactics were for Gao Ning to play strongly to Sam Walker’s backhand, play towards the backhand and middle. Sam was to soft on the first attack, he played too safe today. Basically Gao Ning put pressure on Sam Walker by not letting him play his forehand.” Liu Jiayi
The gold and bronze medal matches will likely be performed on Sunday 15th April; the bronze medal contest is scheduled for 11.30 am, the gold medal duel which is able to deliver the desk tennis occasions on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is scheduled for 12.20pm.
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