Wang Manyu has certainly improved by leaps and bounds since she was last in Johor Bahru for the 2017 T2APAC. And it was refreshing to hear Chinese great Ding Ning complimenting her younger opponent and conceding that Wang is the favourite. At the table, both players produced a wonderful display with little to separate them. It was not a surprise that they went to the FAST5 tied at 2-2 and the match would be decided on how quickly one switches into top gear. Ding edged a narrow Game 5 before Wang found her feet to draw level yet again. Wang would go on to dominate the deciding game, and would certainly be a difficult opponent for Zhu Yuling in the final.
Ding Ning is such a great champion, and I continue to learn from her, whether in training or in competition. I think I’m able to go into matches with a good mindset and that has certainly helped with my performance.
I’m happy with the way I played today but this is how matches go, as we adjust as we go. I’ve not been beating her recently so it was really me putting pressure on her. I hope the final will be of the highest quality.
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