Mizutani’s run in Singapore came to a quick end, as he was not able to build on a good start and equally unable to cope with Lin’s deceptive serves on crucial points. Lin got going midway through the second game when 6-3 behind with the looming possibility of a two-game deficit. The Chinese player started finding his range and often had Mizutani on the defensive. Edging a tight third game swung the match decisively in Lin’s favour.
Things changed during the second game when I couldn’t get my attacks through. I thought the clock would run down and FAST5 would start from the fourth game but that didn’t happen. That might have given me a chance.
I had a slow start and once I fell behind in the second game, I had to make some tactical changes. I started regaining the initiative and put my opponent into more discomfort.
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