Taiyo Nomura who improved as the day progressed at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge
Japan’s Taiyo Nomura lost his first match of the day at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Vrsac, Serbia on Wednesday 25th October 2006; he was beaten in a close seven games encounter by North America’s André Ho.
Japan won the fixture three-two, thanks primarily to Jin Ueda, won both his matches and with the scores level Taiyo Nomura showed his best form, he beat Jiang Yang to secure victory.
The success against Jiang Yang was the springboard for greater heights; against Europe he was the star player, he won both his matches as Japan secured a three-two success.
Taiyo Nomura beat Croatia’s Borna Kovac, the reigning European Cadet Boys’ Singles champion, in the second match of the duel after Piotr Chodorski had given Team Europe a splendid start by overcoming Jin Ueda. Europe went into a two-one lead with Kristian Karlsson overcoming Asul Machi but Jin Ueda levelled matters by defeating Borna Kovac. The destiny of the tie therefore rested between Taiyo Nomura and Piotr Chodorski.
It appeared that the contest was slipping away from Japan as the Polish player went into a two games to nil lead. However, the tall Japanese left hander recovered, he won the last three games and thus secured a Japanese victory.
“This morning in the match against North America I was really very nervous, all my body seemed tense, I wasn’t at all relaxed”, explained Taiyo Nomura. “I was in a really bad shape, I wasn’t used to the conditions and I think I was also suffering from jet-lag.”
Travel, time difference, pressure matches are all part of an athlete’s itinerary whatever the discipline and Taiyo Nomura is learning.
“I was nervous before I played this afternoon but in my first match against Europe I won the first game and that gave me confidence”, he explained. “Again when I played the last match I must admit I was nervous and I lost the first two games.”
Nevertheless, Taiyo Nomura overcame his nerves; he recovered and won the last three games to secure victory. The young man, who was born in Harbin, China and moved to Japan with his parents when he was nine years old, lives in Omori and he was clearly delighted with his performance against Europe.
“I’m really happy now”, he said. “I’m really pleased that I won both my matches against Europe.”
A slow start but for Taiyo Nomura, life improved; against Europe, he was his country’s star player.