Must, Giuffre Fight into Second Round – Day 1: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015
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Estonia’s Raul Must struggled to contain thoughts of Olympic qualifying points BWF_World_Championships_2015_logo_-_horizontalbut staggered past Austria’s Luka Wraber in the Men’s Singles first round of the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015 today.

The second game was a scrappy affair with both players missing match and game points before Must finally converted his third match point, 21-10 27-25. The Estonian (below) conceded it hadn’t been a pretty match, but was delighted that he had achieved his goal of making the second round.

“I didn’t play so well, I had a lot of pressure because of the Olympic qualifying points. 1day_Raul MustIt came into my mind in the second set. I’ve taken a big step closer to making the Rio Olympics.

“In the second game he was missing very easy points at game point. I made some stupid mistakes also. Both of us knew that this is our chance, because tomorrow I know I don’t have a chance against (defending champion) Chen Long. Today, we both knew we had a chance, that’s why it wasn’t a pretty game.”

His vanquished opponent rued his missed chances but stayed on to watch other matches. It was hard, Wraber said, to be on the sidelines after a lot of preparation, but he was philosophical in defeat.

“Of course the first moment is a big disappointment. But I always stand up very fast and look forward to my next tournament, because this is one tournament out of many.”

Canada’s Martin Giuffre (featured image) too earned a second round place against a formidable opponent. Giuffre (No.118) made light of the vast difference in rankings against opponent Thomas Rouxel (No.55), holding off the Frenchman’s fightback to prevail 21-15 16-21 21-12.

After a first game loss, Rouxel appeared to have regained rhythm in the second. He levelled at 10-all but after the change of sides the fight suddenly disappeared.

Giuffre said he had managed the drift better.

“There’s a drift from one side, it’s tricky. You have to change the way you play, depending on your side. I was able to find momentum in the third and carry on; I was lucky in the third. I managed to take the net after the switch of sides, and he got nervous after that.”

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The Canadian will play No.4 seed Kento Momota of Japan, and said he was looking forward to the opportunity to test himself.

“It will be a great opportunity for players like myself, who are not able to play the Superseries, to be able to play the top players and evaluate where we are. It will be a great experience.”

No.16 seed Rajiv Ouseph (England) was shown the door by Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, 21-16 21-12.

In Women’s Singles, France’s Delphine Lansac (above) surprised Natalia Perminova (Russia) 21-18 21-18 and Singapore’s Chen Jiayuan put out another Russian, Ksenia Polikarpova, 21-14 21-9.

One of the closest matches of the day was seen in Women’s Doubles, with young Malaysians Lim Yin Loo and Lee Meng Yean outlasting experienced Singapore pair Shinta Mulia Sari/Vanessa Neo, 19-21 22-20 21-19 in 74 minutes.

Having lost the first game, the Malaysians did well to rebound from 8-15 to 19-16 and force a decider. The Singaporeans nearly caught up with their opponents in the closing stages but Sari made the critical error with a service error that gave the Malaysians match point.