There was plenty on Miyu Kato’s shoulders as the lone Japanese player left in the tournament. But the world ranked 22nd player took the game to the current world number one Chen Meng and came away with a dream result. Chen struggled with Kato’s deceptive serves in the early going, and the Japanese defended well and was particularly effective on her backhand. Chen roared back to take Game 3 but crucially dropped Game 4, which meant she needed to win three FAST5 games to deny Kato. Chen won the first, and led 4-1 in the second before Kato mounted her winning comeback. A timeout called at 4-3 did not help Chen who lost the next two points and with that the match.
My coach told me to be mentally strong. I also played aggressively today and not in my usual defensive style. Thank you for the support from the crowd, that made me concentrate harder.
I couldn’t get into the rhythm of the game. I made too many unforced errors today and that cost me the match.
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