Greeting from Andrew Dabeka

Aug 14 09:07:52 2007

Dear Friends,

I have had a successful first day at the World Championships, here in Kuala Lumpur. It has been a very busy four days, moving out of my apartment and into the tournament hotel, then finding out that the whole Canadian team had to change hotels, and a day later, after numerous cockroach sightings in our new hotel, we were able to move back to the very nice Holiday Villa Subang. I have always played my best when under pressure like this, and today was no different. I met Vladislav Druzchenko of the Ukraine in the first round. He is a very high level badminton player, but a little past his prime (4 years ago he was near the top 20 and now he is in the top 60). I was expecting a tough match and that it was.

I lost the first game 21-16, and was getting well beaten the whole way through; he got an early lead and I was trailing by 4-6 points for the most part. That being said, I was still able to sting him and make him feel uncomfortable with some very very long rallies, so all was not lost. In the second, I definitely had the edge, and was leading most of the way through, though only by 1 or 2 points at the most. He was getting VERY tired. From 18-all, I managed to score the next three points to clinch the game. This was very big, and in the third, I had the extra bounce in my step to get a big lead and keep it until the end. I won the third game 21-16.

I am very happy with this win because it is a huge event towards the Olympic qualification. But I am not content with this. I have my second round match tomorrow. It will be a re-match of my second round at the Philippine Open, where I played Park Sung Hwan. There I lost it 23-21 and 21-16. I am looking to better this result tomorrow.

So that is it for now. It is a glorious stadium - with a capacity of over 10,000 has only been maybe an eighth-full so far, but as the tourney goes on, it will get busier and busier...

Signing off from Kuala Lumpur!


ANDREW ROBERT DABEKA (c) 613.222.3302

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