Quterfinal / 準々決勝

CHRISTOPHER GORDON (USA) bt MOHAMED EL KADY (EGY) 11-6 11-9 11-7 (52 min)

CHRISTOPHER GORDON (USA)

CHRISTOPHER GORDON (USA)


MOHAMED EL KADY (EGY)

MOHAMED EL KADY (EGY)


Kady who beat Paul Mathieson with his overwhelming power and tight drives challenged to Gordon who beat Japanese champion in 70 min. this morning.

Kady tried to lead the game by his powerful drives but Gordon would not let him do. Gordon controlled his shots to the wall and corners by his own speed, which pulled out Kady’s unforced error.

However Kady showed his professional performance on the second game. He was loosing by 2-10 but he drove Gordon to the wall as 9-10 with his confidence of shots.


NYEON-HO LEE (KOR) bt SHIMIZU TAKANORI (JPN) 9-11 10-12 11-6 16-14 11-3 (69 min)

NYEON-HO LEE (KOR)

NYEON-HO LEE (KOR)

SHIMIZU TAKANORI (JPN)

SHIMIZU TAKANORI (JPN)


Both players have similar play style. They have great pick-ups and strong fitness to persist to the ball.
The match was streamed accordingly. Most of rallies were not stopped unless ball hits the tin or into the nick.

First 2 games were face to face fighting but Shimizu shows his patience to get both games but Lee got the 3rd game easily to open the door of chaotic 4th game.
This game was started same as first 2 games.
They still shows great pick ups and fast moves to gain points each other but Shimizu had regretful unforced errors when he had match balls.
Lee took the game by 16-14 as a result and Shimizu’s body was worn out at the same time.
Shimizu could not continue to run on 5th game and Lee took it by 11-3.


CHENG YAO HUANG(TPE) bt PETER KVIECINSKY (SVK) 11-3 11-4 11-2 (23 min)

CHENG YAO HUANG (TPE)

CHENG YAO HUANG (TPE)

PETER KVIECINSKY (SVK)

PETER KVIECINSKY (SVK)


The game was dominated by Huang from the beginning of the match. Kviecinsky showed few beautiful volley kills but Huang would not let him getting closer.


JAMES SNELL(ENG) bt ZAHIR SHAH (PAK) 11-9 2-11 11-6 11-7 (56 min)
JAMES SNELL(ENG)

JAMES SNELL(ENG)

ZAHIR SHAH (PAK)

ZAHIR SHAH (PAK)


Solid defense and consistency is the strong point of Snell fight with Shah who has beautiful killshots from his tender wrist. The match was expected to be exciting but it end up been rough.
It might be a natural result under the situation of Shar attacks and Snell turn aside of it.

Snell kept his concentration under the situation and controlled his shots and mind well but Shar lost his consistency to use more risky killshots and made more unforced error, which made Snell to win the match.


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ジェームス・スネル(ENG) bt ザヒル・シャー(PAK) 11-9 2-11 11-6 11-7 (56 分)

試合全般からバックハンドの慎重なストレートラリーの応酬で、ボールをひきつけ、懐深くためこんで長短織り交ぜてのショットは観ている人にはおおいに学ぶところの多い展開だった。聞くとコートがあまり弾まないので、無理に強打して消耗することを避けていたそうである。ポイントは一進一退で両者とも審判の微妙な判定に食い下がる場面が多かったが、集中力を乱さなかったスネルが3-1で勝利した。無論17インチではなく19インチティンのコートであったことも関係しているだろうがむやみに狙いに行かないところや、フォアハンドボレーの面の使い方など観るべきところは多いゲームであった。

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