Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Today Match; KHAIRUL KE PUSINGAN 1/8


CHENG CHU SIAN  (4)   VS    (6)  KHAIRUL ANUAR MOHAMAD
1/32 ROUNDS

The two teammates already faced each other this year. It was in May at the Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok, where MOHAMAD clinched a straight 6-0 win. MOHAMAD has a successful experiencee at Lord's, as he finished 3rd at the Test Event in October last year.

MOHAMAD made a flying start with 29 points in the first set (2-0). It seemed as if he was going to double his lead when he shot 10-10 in the second. As his fellow countryman scored 28, MOHAMAD needed a 9 to win the set. But he scored 7 and let CHENG come back (2-2).

As MOHAMAD continued with another 7, the third set turned in favour of CHENG, who took the lead for the first time of the game (4-2). But MOHAMAD regained his self-control to achieve a 29-point fourth set and tied the match at 4-4.

The final set was thrilling! MOHAMAD was back on track and finished with a perfect series 10-10-10. His opponent also started the set with 10-10 also. A 10 would send them to a shoot-off… CHENG's final arrow was a 9, just a little too low, and victory for MOHAMAD!




YU XING (CHINA)    5   VS    6    KHAIRUL ANUAR MOHAMAD  (MAS)
1/16 ROUNDS

 
Bronze medallist from the Olympic Test Event in October, MOHAMAD made a good start with 28 points, but he was outshined by his opponent who won the first set with perfect shooting.

The two competitors remained in the gold ring again with the three following arrows, 29 each. XING kept the lead at 3-1. Again only gold shots in the third set, but MOHAMAD came back, however, winning 28-27 (3-3).

Despite shooting the first arrow of the match out of the gold ring (an 8), the archer from Malaysia still won the fourth set 28-27 and took the lead 5-3. He again screwed it up with one arrow in the final set, and this time his opponent took advantage of it, clinching the two set points (28-26) for a draw and a tie-break (5-5)!

XING's shoot-off arrow was a 9 just inside the ring. MOHAMAD clinched victory with a 9 closer to the centre.



NURUL SYAFIQAH HASHIM (MAS)     2     VS     6     LIN CHIA-EN (CHINA)
1/32 ROUNDS


The lowest seeded archer made an unexpected start with 28 and took the lead 2-0. She then scored a poor 2 at the first arrow of the second set and lost track completely. With sets of 19, 18 and 24 points, HASHIM was several levels below her opponent from Chinese Taipei. LIN won three sets in a row and clinched a 6-2 victory.

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