The Indian looked in control with an opening game win and a lead until midway in the second. It then turned into a battle of attrition, with neither player gaining a lead of more than two points. The Dane fought off two match points, and finally converted her own fourth opportunity to level the match at a game apiece.
The third game was all hers as Pusarla’s challenge wilted, allowing the Dane a comfortable finish.
“I feel very proud of myself and very happy that my plan is slowly working. In the first game and the start of the second game, I played the way she wanted to play and then I changed it to how I wanted to play. I think it’s going to be a difficult opponent next so I will prepare myself in the same way.”
Her vanquished opponent admitted she didn’t make the best use of her chances.
“I can say that it was not my day because I played really well in the first game,” said Pusarla. “In the second game I should have finished it but there were some unforced errors on my side. In the third game, I gave Mia a huge lead… it was not my day today basically.”