Miyu Kato prepared for her first meeting with Ding Ning by watching plenty of videos of the three-time World Champion in action. But facing Ding across the table, Kato found out first-hand how difficult it is to play one of the best players China has produced. Ding shrugged off her semi-final defeat to produce a near-flawless display to dominate her opponent. It was not until the third game that Kato managed to finally get ahead, but the 7-6 lead became a 7-9 deficit in an instant, as Ding went on to wrap up the game for a 3-0 lead. Thereafter it was a question of whether Kato could take the encounter into the FAST5 but Ding did not let up as she motored to a 10-5 lead before wrapping up the match and the US$20,000 prize money.
After losing the semi-finals, I focused on making sure I came to this match with the right mindset. We have plenty of depth in Team China and a very good support system that is nurturing so many young talents, as everyone can see.
I played well in this tournament’s first two matches but couldn’t keep it up for the next two, so I am a little disappointed with myself. This is my first match against Ding Ning and I find her serves and returns very deceptive and she was simply too good.
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