A no-holds-barred contest between two players determined to counter aggression with further aggression. Jang Woojin came with the advantage of winning their only encounter but was hampered by inexperience in the unique FAST5 format. Lin’s Game 2 win would prove vital as it provided the cushion for him in the FAST5. Jang paid the price for his tentativeness in the shortened sets, dropping three straight points to lose the match.
I’ve lost to him recently and that was on my mind, but today I managed to return his serves a lot better. I didn’t think too much about having to chase the game and just kept playing my normal way.
After playing to 11 points for the first three games, it was strange to then play to five points under this format and perhaps I didn’t make the mental adjustments quickly enough.
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