COMPETITION DAY 2 - Singles |
Players qualified for the semi-final is to play on Monday 23rd August 2010
Suthasini Sawettabut (THA):
I'm just happy. I tried my best, I didnít think I could win; she (Tanioka JPN) is very good but was off today.
|Isabelle Siyun Li (SIN):
I did my same thing, remained focused, and remained confident, so I could play like this.
The games are very exciting, especially because they are in Singapore and like I said before the crowd has been very good.
I'm very excited; I still can't believe it yet.
I think I was a little bit more patient then she (Tanioko (JPN) was.
Last time I beat her (Suthasini (THA), so it depends on how I go tomorrow.
My style is very similar to **, she's a bit more offensive though.
I'm going to keep my focus and my confidence, I think that is the main thing because come to big competitions like that you're actual skills don't take up much of the game.
I think the home crowd was my greatest motivation for me to fight and enjoy the match today.
Ha Eun Yang (KOR):
I am very happy about my win.
I have a usual pattern but the pattern was destroyed constantly by the opener, the pattern that she (Bliznet (MDA) used was quite difficult for me.
My usual pattern is constant rally but I wasnít thinking when I played so I had to change my strategy to think more before hitting.
Her (Bliznet (MDA) was strong today none of the openers in YOG is easy so I just tried to follow my usual way and try my best and she managed to win.
If I am to play against North Korea I would feel more important and more responsible so Iím trying not to think about it.
I played the North Korean last year and I lost.
Because of last year when we fought, many things have changed so I will re analyse me opponent.
Both have their own styles but I would rather play the North Korean
Because the I have lost against the Chinese twice and the Chinese is left handed I think so it's quite difficult, the fact that she is left handed.
Koki Niwa (JPN):
I thought I was going to loose but Iím very happy that I won.
The opponentís service was very good and so was his power
So my strategy was to put out good serves and aim at his back hand.
My goal is to win.
Simon Gauzy (FRA):
I had a really good start went pretty easy three sets to zero, it would have gone a little bit longer but basically the last two sets I played were easy.
what is important most is the victory, now Iím intot he semi finals which is really exciting but most important we played well and had a good exchange, it was a good match.
I'm going to rest a lot tonight because the guy Iím playing number one so I have a chance to beat him I just need to rest to play my top game.
My opposition did not respond well to pressure so I put the pressure on him early on and enabled me to win in four sets.
Just like today i'll put the pressure on the Japanese, just liekt he Nigerian player did today, but i'll go all the way.
I already played him three times and won the first but lost the other two times, he is very good, has very good service and return service so he works pretty well.
Tamas Akatos (HUN):
I think it was a very good match because we both played a very good set each, he killed the ball and first set was very hard and I must concentrate more.
He has good tactic, he played very well first sets, he was clever, he plays points and spins the ball well.
To enter the quarter-finals:
Zhe Yu Clarence Chew (SIN) after his game with Stefan Leitgeb (AUT).
-On how he went: I made too many unforced errors, the deciding set I guess i wasn't really feeling it, the momentum was not right.-On what his coach told him going into the final set: she just said like, try to control him, just try to get the ball on the table, don't use so much strength.
-On his final match
I guess it's a do or die situation, so i'll give it all.
I've never played him before but i've seen a few matches of him so roughly i know how he plays.
Play more angles, controlled, don't make too much errors.
Ariel Hsing (USA)
-On her chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals after every player in Group A attained One Win and One Loss:
"I think it's actually better for me if it was a three-way or four-way chance of qualifying. Because all I have to do is to just focus on winning my next match, that's all. I'll just do my best."
-On her opponent Isabelle Li (SIN):
"She's a really good chopper [a player who uses backhand slice shots]. Very patient. Good all-round player with a strong forehand."
One of Ariel's idols is Feng Tianwei (SIN). Feng was a member of the Singapore table tennis team that won the World Table Tennis Team championships in 2010.
-On Feng Tianwei (SIN): "She took the opportunity to prove to China that she could compete on the world stage and win trophies, because she was actually rejected by the China national team [after which Feng went on to play for Singapore]."
Clarence Chew (SIN)
-On his performance in the decisive match against Ojo Onaolapo (NIG):
"I wasn't really mentally prepared. I didn't attack first to gain the advantage."
"At some point during the match I couldn't focus. I was too worried about winning because it was a decisive match."
On his Nigerian opponent:
"He has a good forehand attack, very fast. Good middle-table technique."
Adetotun Omoniyi (NGR coach)
ďI invest whatever I have to get results for table tennis. I think itís great that Ojo is the only African in the quarterfinals. Iím hoping that with our results today I can plead with the ITTF and the Nigerian authorities to give us more equipment and facilities.Ē
ďWe are doing better now in table tennis than last time. But we can still do even better.Ē