ALL ENGLAND 2007 – Pi Hongyan beats Zhang Ning!

Pi Hongyan created the upset of the day by defeating Olympic Champion Zhang Ning after an incredible battle. Pi won 24/22 in the last game. Report by: Yanyan Emily Ding, […]

ImagePi Hongyan created the upset of the day by defeating Olympic Champion Zhang Ning after an incredible battle. Pi won 24/22 in the last game.

Report by: Yanyan Emily Ding, live from Birmingham! Photo: Alan Spink, Badmintonphoto

During the press conference after Pi’s win over Zhang Ning, the French girl felt very excited though tired. The two played a very close match, which Pi finally won after they each had several match points.
When asked about how she copes with close scores and so many match points, she answered: “I will try to focus on my tactical play instead of wanting to win all the time.”

Pi thinks that Zhang Ning is a very strong player physically. Her game is sharp and Pi had lost most of their previous matches. The last time Hongyan won was in 2001.

She also mentioned that Chinese players are very focussed when playing against European players, and that both parties always do their best to win.

After the , the top women’s singles player from France is planning to go to the Swiss Open in Basel. She has to concentrate on the final first though. Xie Xingfang is waiting on the other side of the net tomorrow afternoon…

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