TOYOTA Thailand Open: Yigit Makes History for Turkey

Turkey have a quarterfinalist at a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 event!

Neslihan Yigit displayed skill and character in overcoming Germany’s Yvonne Li 21-19 20-22 21-14 to earn a last-eight place against Carolina Marin at the TOYOTA Thailand Open.

It was the relentless attacking game of the lanky Turkish player that created all the pressure. Li struggled to keep up as Yigit kept up her barrage of attacking strokes; she was also equal to the challenge in the longer rallies and pinned the German with the precision of her clears to the deep. Not even the loss of a match point in the second game deflated her, and she continued to keep up her steep attack and pulled away from the German towards the end.

“It’s a great moment for me,” said Yigit. “I’m so happy. This was a hard match and I won; this is my biggest tournament, so I’m very excited.

“I lost the second game due to my mistakes, but I just told myself to keep going on, and that I could still win the match.

“Before I came here I could not prepare well very because of the lockdown at home. So I just wanted to do my best. Tomorrow will be a difficult match, I will give my best.”

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