A surprising result more for the fact that Zhu Yuling managed to sweep Sun Yingsha with fans expecting a far closer match. Six years older than her teenaged opponent, Zhu made full use of her experience as she quickly got into her stride and took control. The paddler from Sichuan was masterful in the middle stages of each game and as she dampened Sun’s comeback attempts in the opening three sets. Sun was far more competitive in the fourth game and could well have taken the match into the FAST5 but Zhu was simply better on the big points as she booked her place in the final four.
I’ve not been on good form whereas she is on form, so I kept my focus on playing well. I felt the fans here cheering for me gave me plenty of encouragement and I hope to continue to play well.
She played really well. I kept getting early leads but simply could not push on. We know each other well and the first two games went by quickly but I wasn’t able to get into a proper rhythm.
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