Paul Drinkhall hailed his best performance to date as the T2APAC league reached the halfway point.
Drinkhall defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An 4-1 (11-7, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5, 2-7) in the 24-minute match, helping his Team Rossi to their biggest win of the series so far – 19-8 against Team Maze.
It followed his victory over world No 6 Jun Mizutani in the first of his three fixtures this month, while he also came close to world No 20 Tomokazu Harimoto in the second fixture.
I’ve been playing well recently but I didn’t feel great going into it, but I got my head down and played tactically quite well and everything came together.
It was an all-round good performance with everything working well together – tactically, mentally, physically. I’ve been working on being more stable and consistent and that showed, and it gave me confidence.
I’ve been speaking to Rossi (team captain Jorg Rosskopf) and I’m trying to learn a lot from him because he was a top player and has been working with Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll for quite a few years.
It’s good to be around him and also practising with Dimitrij and the other players. I feel I’m improving all round and that’s why I wanted to be a part of the series.
There are three more rounds of matches over the next three months, with the series Grand Finals to follow in December.