Pornpawee Chochuwong has adopted a new way of playing to improve her chances of deeper runs at tournaments and today saw a glimpse of how she could benefit from it at CLASH OF CLANS Arctic Open 2023 powered by YONEX.
Centred around conserving energy, Chochuwong was able to ditch her hurriedness to an effective degree against top seed Tai Tzu Ying and came out a 21-19 23-21 winner at the end of a keen contest. It took Chochuwong to her first semifinal on the HSBC BWF World Tour since her Swiss Open success in March.
“I felt I wasted a lot of energy running around the court previously, now it’s more about run and control (the shuttle),” said the Thai. “It’s a work in progress, I hope to get better at this new way of playing.”
On her second victory over Tai in six meetings, Chochuwong added: “I tried to make her move more and didn’t rush into killing the shuttle. I only went for it when I was 100 per cent sure I could kill it.
“Skills wise, obviously she has the advantage but I worked hard to keep the rallies alive. And I made less mistakes than her.”
Tai agreed her error-prone display cost her a place in the last four.
“Too many unforced errors, I should pay more attention to my footwork. I could have moved faster at times,” said the world No.4.
Result at the Energia Arena also helped erase the pain of losing to Tai in the World Championships Round of 16.
“It was a close game as well but I allowed her to dictate the tempo. This time, I made sure I did,” said Chochuwong.
The match was not without drama. Believing she had converted on her match point at 21-20, Chochuwong fell onto the court in celebration before a challenge ruled the shuttled had just missed the baseline.
“My heart was pounding, I was praying it would go my way. When it didn’t I told myself ‘it’s okay, stay calm’ and thankfully I managed to get back into it.”
Next up is for the world No.12 is Han Yue, whom Chochuwong has only beaten once in six meetings. That solitary strike came three years ago at the All England; Chochuwong lost the subsequent four matches.
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