Wang Manyu showed great tactical nous to subdue the tournament’s only chopper, Han Ying. Starting off aggressively, Wang never let Han settle and the German player was unable to control the game as she did against Cheng I-Ching in the Round of 16. Varying the tempo of her attacks, Wang played a smart game and kept up the pressure on Han’s backhand. The Chinese player also made sure not to be drawn into long rallies, although Han did enjoy the occasional moments of brilliance. The match should have gone into FAST5, with Han setting up a smash with the Game 4 score tied at 10-all. But with Wang out of position, Han’s smash went long, ending her run at the Seamaster T2 Diamond Malaysia.
I didn’t expect such a comfortable victory, and prepared well for this encounter. I’m happy I was able to play up to my highest level against one of the best choppers in the world.
I’m very satisfied with my performance. Wang Manyu is a very strong player so it was good to get this opportunity to go up against a player of her calibre.
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