All quiet on the Doha front, not for long; enter Sakura Mori
Quietly in a tranquil manner, play progressed on the morning of Wednesday 22nd February in the qualification tournament to determine places in the main draw of the Women’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open in Doha.
There was the odd polite yelp as a point was won but nothing to awaken a door mouse from its slumber.
A chance to take 40 winks of sleep; no chance, suddenly the air was shattered by a squeal that resonated above all others, one that meant there was no possible chance of a quiet snooze to recover from jet-lag.
Japan’s Sakura Mori was in action; the tonsils vibrated, the left arm was raised high in the air in salute as she woke the whole Gulf Region from its slumber. Every time she won a point, the tonsils vibrated but agonisingly she fell just one shriek short of a half century of yelps.
She beat Korea’s Cho Hala in four straight games (13-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-8).
Criticism, it is no criticism whatsoever; in fact it is the exact opposite. I want to see players show their feelings, I want to see players act naturally and of course I want to see them react in a way that is within the parameters of good sporting spirit not in a way designed to deliberately antagonise opponents.
Sakura Mori behaves within the bounds of fair and honest play; she shows her feelings in a sincere and candid manner, there is nothing false in her approach.
Furthermore, at the moment she is in a rich vein of form having achieved what few others have achieved; at the recent Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Indian Open in New Delhi, she won both the Under 21 Women’s Singles and Women’s Singles events.
“Winning in India has given me a great deal of confidence; last year I did not go to the Olympic Games so I spent the time training, a great deal of physical training. I think overall everything is improving, nothing in particular; perhaps better with service and receive”, Sakura Mori
Now in Doha she has one match remaining in her quest to secure a main draw place; Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Nam awaits. On the opening day of play she overcame Cho Hala in seven games (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 12-14, 12-10, 15-17, 11-6).