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Eager to prove opener victory no fluke

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 18 2009   /  01:20 pm

Japanese Sayaka Sato, 61st in the women's single badminton world ranking, had set a modest target of "just playing my best" when she stepped onto the court Wednesday to face world No. 2 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong. And that was exactly what she did, causing one of the first surprises at the Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series, when she came out winning a grueling battle 21-11, 16-21, 21-19 in 43 minutes. Now, Sato is determined to keep the "miracle" alive as she seeks to brush off notions that she had just been lucky. The 18-year-old, who now says winning the tournament is feasible, said: "I don't want today's victory to end up as merely a miracle. I want to show the public what kind of a player I am. "I realized it's hard. So I'm going to attempt this step-by-step," said Sato, who relies heavily on her powerful smashes to crush her opponents. Seeded fourth in the tourna...