Hell…or High Water ? October 24, 2009Posted by Mikael in Mikael's opinion.
For a moment , lasting exactly three games, the ITTF Junior Circuit Finals 2009 was turning all Japanese. Jin Ueada had his way with Jean Lauric from Belgium on table one , and on table two the fast attacking right-hander Kohei Morimoto built a solid three games to nil lead against Omar Assar.
But fighting back with a spirit rarely seen with junior players, the tall Egyptian settled down, improved his service and changed the tactical set up to work his way back into the match. As many times before , good solid table tennis thinking prevailed as Omar Assar from Egypt tomorrow afternoon will challenge a clean Japanese sweep of the Junior category here in Tokyo.
” I think he played very fast in the first game taking the ball very early. It took time for me to find the correct distance to the table in order to work with my backhand” said a very happy Omar Assar following a dramatic finish that had the Egyptian burning two match points before sealing the deal 12-10 in the seventh game.