TOKYO – Slovak tennis player Alina Kanova advanced to the finals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo with a 3:1 victory over Korea’s Lee Mi-gyu. He will play for gold on Sunday at 9.45 CEST.
Kánová will add a fifth medal to her collection. In Sydney 2000 she enjoyed the most precious metal, from Athens 2004 she took the silver and won the bronze in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She got the security medal after a 3-0 quarter-final win over Sweden’s Anna Karin Alquist, because she is not playing for third place in Tokyo.
“It was a bad start to the tournament, but then it started. My level is graduating and I’m glad I got into a fight for gold.” Quoted from the official Canova website of the Slovak Paralympic Committee. The Slovak is the only European in the top four in the disability category. “And I didn’t sleep at night. Around midnight, my trainers and I discussed tactics for Korean women,” I acknowledge.
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When the Korean women lost the first two sets, they changed their tactics and in the third set they allowed Slovakia to play only two balls. She also started the fourth set better, but Canova didn’t let her get ahead and eventually took it in her favour. “I ran high in the third set, I couldn’t catch it. That’s why I knew I had to deal with the fourth set. The fifth set would be nerve-wracking.” Description of the course of the semi-finals of the Slovak national team.
In the final, she is awaited by her opponent, who denied her the opportunity to fight for medals at the previous Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. “I lost by a narrow margin, 2:3. I was sorry for so long, because I really wanted to play for medals in Brazil,” Little unfortunate loss. The Chinese will be hard to break. “I’ll see how I sleep, I can rest and whether my form and focus will last. But I will fight and do my best.” Canova promises.
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