Lin Gaoyuan would be wondering how this one slipped away, having been so dominant in building a 2-0 lead. Credit to Harimoto, he never gave up the chase and Game Four would prove crucial as the Japanese prodigy edged a point-for-point battle down the stretch. The FAST5 would test both players’ nerves and after splitting the first two games, Harimoto seized a 4-1 lead in the decider, which proved insurmountable for Lin.
It took me a while to work out how to play against Lin but I found my answers in Game 3 and knew I could build from there. Lin’s accuracy deserted him and I was able to capitalise on it. Beating a top Chinese player is a morale-booster for me.
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About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):
The International Table Tennis Federation is the global governing body of Table Tennis. Affiliated to six Continental and 226 National Associations, the ITTF coordinates over 100 international events per year and has long been represented at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In accordance with its Strategic Plan, the ITTF is fully committed to growing the sport in five key areas: Organisation & Governance, High Performance & Development, International Events, Promotion and Revenue.
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