World Championships 2018
The highlight of this summer was the World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China. I had been looking forward to it for a long time, because these tournaments are always huge in China. And this time was no different. Furthermore, my draw for the first round was the third top player in the world, Shi Yu Qi from China. I set off for the tournament after one month of training in Germany. From Vienna, over Taiwan to my destinaton – Nanjing.
Starting from the airport, everything was exceptionally well prepared. We were immediately taken care of by local volunteers, who put me on a bus to the hotel. These tournaments always have a great atmosphere and being among the worlds best players is what I have always wanted. Especially when an event like this is taking place in China. I spent my first 2 days training and getting used to the conditions of heat and humidity. The arena was really beautiful. Having a capacity of 20000 people, it was sold out from the quarterfinals onwards. That gave the tournament a special spark.
On Monday 30.7., my match against the Chinese top player took place on court 1. Even our entrance was a great show. Over 4000 people showed up for the first day. The atmosphere was amazing. The match went on just as me and my coaches (Detlef Poste from Germany and Xu Yan Wang from China) had expected. We went throught the tactics on the previous day and we looked for the strengths and weaknesses of my opponent. My main goal was to watch out for front forehand corner, where Chinese player cross slice drop from the rear forehand corner and also smash around the head, I needed to cover the line, because it was incredibly accurate.
Despite my best efforts, I lost after 40 minuts 13/21, 11/21. But I will remember this match for a very long time. I spent the following days with light training, watching and enjoying the rest of the tournament. After returning to the Czech Republic, I will be enjoying 2 free weeks, relaxing in OLYMP, and then some light practice, before heading back to Germany.
The next tournament will then take place at the end of August in Barcelona, Spain – the Spainsh Masters from Grand Prix Gold category.
From Czech, Adam