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  • 30Apr

    Nobody could have possibly fought harder and through stint of
    effort, combined no lack of ability, Australia’s Kyle Davis emerged
    victorious in the closest match of the H.I.S. World Championships to
    date and in what could well prove to be the closest match of the whole
    tournament.

    In the Men’s Singles group deciding contest on the
    morning of Wednesday 29th April 2009, he saved a total ten match points
    before beating Denmark’s Mikkel Hinderson in tension packed seven games
    encounter.
    Kyle Davis won 11-2, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 13-11, 18-16.

    Better Start
    It was the Australian who made the better start.

    He
    appeared to be in the zone, greeting every success with a deep throated
    growl, a clench of the fist and bounce footwork, like Muhammed Ali
    ready to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee".

    Nervous Moments
    Eventually,
    he imparted the sting but not after giving Brett Clarke moments of
    anguish. He sat passively but inside his intestines must have been
    churning.

    Brett Clarke is the recently appointed Australian
    national coach who has the vast majority of the Australian national
    team now full-time at the training centre in Melbourne.

    He has now been in the position for four months succeeding Sweden’s Marcus Gustaffson.

    Momentum Change
    Davis
    established a two games to one lead and in the fourth game led 7-3; he
    appeared confident, whilst for Hindersson it was a furrowed brow.

    However,
    credit to the Dane, sporting the appearance of a Viking warrior, the
    left hander recovered and afforded the Aussie only one more point in
    the game.

    The momentum of the duel had changed, Hindersson was in the ascendancy.

    Memory Lapse
    "I don’t remember that!" said Kyle Davis. "I was up 7-3?"

    Yes, that’s for sure but therein lies one of the reasons why the young man won. He didn’t let history affect his judgement.

    Hopes in Ashes
    However, after losing the fifth game as well and trailing 7-10 in the sixth, it appeared that Aussie hopes were in ashes.

    "He
    made mistakes at that stage, he made mistakes when it was close, I
    thought he might choke", reflected Davis; the comment has value.
    Hindersson was a trifle passive when the big points arose; Davis was
    leaping like a kangaroo crossing the outback.

    Maintain Pressure
    "I
    knew I had to keep the pressure on him", continued the delighted
    Aussie. "I felt confident when I was serving and although I made some
    mistakes, I was able to read his service; mentally I felt really good
    today."

    Now, that was the key; not only did Davis, who won on
    his second match point, keep fighting, he didn’t panic on the big
    points. He kept the ball on the table, there was nothing rash, he
    maintained his technique and isn’t that exactly what the Chinese do
    when it’s close?

    Win When Close
    Why do the Chinese win when it’s close is a question I’m often asked; in Yokohama an Australian provided the asnswer.

    Mentally
    strong and Kyle Davis believed; speaking to him in Kobe in 2004 at the
    2nd ITTF World Junior Championships it was his positive mental approach
    that shone through.

    Philosophy
    "Just
    because we are from Australia and not from Asia or Europe does that
    mean we should lose?" he said. "We have to stop believing that because
    we come from Australia we are expected to lose!"

    He is perfectly
    correct, two years later at the ITTF World Junior Championships in
    Cairo, Australia excelled in the Boys’ Team event and in Yokohama at
    the H.I.S. World Championships, Australia excelled again.

    Kyle Davis fought, Kyle Davis believed and to the delight of Brett Clarke, Kyle Davis won.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 3:32 pm

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