Put a slow shuttle and Kodai Naraoka together, and it becomes a trudge in the sand. Anders Antonsen, playing catch-up in the third game of a long opening round match at the KAPAL API GROUP Indonesia Open 2023, tried to get the crowd involved, looking to feed off their energy. It almost worked.
But Naraoka, with his stonewalling style and depending solely on keeping the shuttle to the back, survived with his error-free game, challenging Antonsen to find the winners. That proved difficult, and Antonsen came away wondering if he’d employed the right tactics .
“Today was a physical game, the shuttles were extremely slow. Both of us were struggling to finish the rallies. He chose to go the route of playing everything back, and I was the one trying to score some points. I don’t know if I should’ve gone the other way and just played rally style. I tried to create the game and I don’t know if it was a good idea or not,” said Antonsen, of the 82-minute match.
“I want to be a creative and attacking player. Obviously I need to turn it on and turn it off and decide the right moments to do whatever. But it was a fun game. After the first game I didn’t feel I was able to hit my shots, so I tried to get the crowd involved and pumped some energy through them. That worked very well, it was a fun experience, I almost made a comeback. But I’m disappointed right now.”
“The approach is a bit similar to Momota back in the say sometimes, when he faced me and Viktor, just get everything back and hope we will mess up at some point. The approach is similar to something I’ve seen before. I mean, he’s good at that, it seems like when you play at that pace, he can continue for a long time. I felt good physically, I was able to run with him, so I’m happy with that. The future is going to be fun, many more matches with Kodai in the future.”
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