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Aggressive play is key to Ginting’s victory over Lee Zii Jia

by Edwin Robertson

Jakarta (ANTARA) – PP PBSI men’s singles coach Irwansyah has revealed that the key to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting’s victory over Malaysian Lee Zii Jia in the Thomas Cup quarter-final was an aggressive game.

As is known, in the battle which took place at Ceres Arena, Aarhus, Denmark on Friday night WIB, Ginting won a consecutive match 21-15, 21-17 against the player from the neighboring country.

“Playing more aggressively led Ginting to defeat Lee. Because that way he (Ginting) can control the game, “Irwansyah said in an official PP PBSI statement received by Antara in Jakarta on Friday.

In addition to aggressive play, he says, another key to Ginting’s victory is the attacking strategy that is applied early in the game and when the opponent is off guard.

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“From the moment he took the field, Ginting immediately applied an attacking strategy and he was able to control the game. Then he counterattacked when the opportunity presented itself. This is also what allowed Ginting to win, ”Irwansyah said.

Meanwhile, Ginting, who is now ranked fifth in the world, said he was grateful for the victory he had achieved. He also admitted that he had been asked by the coach to play more aggressively since the start of the game.

“Thank goodness I was able to finish the game well and without injury. I can bring numbers. From the start the coach asked me to be more aggressive. It’s just that to get the points I have to be prepared to be tired, ”Ginting said.

Previously, Ginting and Lee met at the Sudirman Cup some time ago in Finland. Unfortunately, at that point, Ginting lost in two straight games, 11-21, 16-21 in men’s singles, ranked eighth in the world.

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Regarding the loss, Ginting also admitted that this time around he tried to focus more on his own style of play and prepare physically and mentally much stronger.

“I was more focused than in the first game and I already had the pattern. I just have to force myself to be tired because Lee is so good. My loss in the Sudirman Cup was not a trauma. I’m here to prepare myself more physically and mentally to face Lee. Also, Lee’s appearance is not as good as in the last Sudirman Cup, ”Ginting said.

Along with more mature preparation, the 24-year-old also believes the shuttlecock used in the Thomas Cup supports his more offensive style of play.

“Shuttlecock here (Thomas Cup) is more favorable to my attacking game, compared to the last Sudirman Cup. I can attack more and I keep trying to do my best for Indonesia, ”said Ginting.

Also read: Indonesia optimistic to face Malaysia in Thomas Cup quarter-finals

Journalist: Rr. Cornée Khairany
Publisher: Teguh Handoko

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