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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Match Report – Tine Rasmussen vs. Adriyanti Firdasari

Reigning Japan Open champion takes on Indonesian number 2 player Firdasari.

Both players opened cautiously, with a cat and mouse game right till 5-5. However, Firdasari then proceeded to take 4 straight points and up her game to take the mid game interval lead by 7-11. Firdasari then slowed down, allowing Rasmussen to play another phase of cat and moue games, where the scores were 14-10 in favour of Firdasari. Rasmussen showed her experience by leveling the scores 15-15. Tine then upped her pace to take a 19-16 lead, and traded point to arrive at matchpoint, which she took at the first opportunity, after mounting a comeback from being down in the first half of the game.

The second game began with Firdasari surging o a 4-1 lead. Rasmussen then proceeded to whittle away this 3 point lead by playing a patient game and leveling the game at 7 all. Phase 3 of the cat and mouse game then ensued, with both players wanting the mid game advantage at 10-10. Rasmussen duly took it after a prolonged rally. The second half of the second game was again a close game, with each player desperate to snatch this crucial game. Firdasari managed to level it at 12-12, 13-13, 14-14, 15-15, and 17-17. Tine then stood up and came within 2 points of winning at 19-17, but allowed Firdasari to salvage a point to make it 19-18. However, Tine got match point at 20-18, and dully took and match at 21-18. Kudos to both players for a great match.

Catch the French Open results here:

Badminton Loonsport – First Round MS Results

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