Kasumi Ishikawa was left with the unenviable task of carrying the mantle for Team Japan on Day 2 at the Seamaster T2 Diamond Malaysia but Zhu Yuling was in no mood to be charitable. Slow off the mark, Ishikawa conceded the first two games despite taking the fight to her opponent, and it took plenty of courage for her to recover from a disastrous 11-0 third game loss to get herself on the board by winning Game 4. For the first time, four games were completed within 24 minutes, meaning the fifth game will also be played to 11 points. Needing to win, Ishikawa fought bravely but was unable to stave off defeat.
I last met her in competition a year ago, so it was more about getting myself ready to produce my best form. It was all about playing my best for every point regardless of the score.
The early part of the match was difficult for me as I had trouble with receiving her serves. Players from China hardly miss their shots, so it was a tough match for me once I fell behind.
About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):
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About T2 Diamond Table Tennis League (T2 Diamond):
T2 Diamond Table Tennis League is the most prestigious series of annual professional events organised in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation. T2 Diamond 2019 will feature 32 of the world’s best men’s and women’s players competing across three tournaments for a combined prize purse of USD 1.5 million, and bonus ITTF World Ranking points as they battle their way to 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification. The revolutionary league employs a unique competition format and various other innovations that catapult table tennis into a truly entertaining spectator sport, whilst providing players with the ultimate environment in which to compete and excel.
Headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Chicago, T2 Diamond is committed to unlocking the true commercial potential of table tennis by expanding its appeal through its high quality, immersive content and venue experience.
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