Greetings from Andrew Dabeka

January 21, 2008 11:30 PM

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seoul, Korea. I am here in cold and snowy weather. After experiencing 30degree+ weather with 80% humidity in Kuala Lumpur last week, I have had enough and am ready for some Canadian-like weather again!

The tournament last week went well, though it was an early exit for me, losing in the first round of the main draw to the 2004 Olympic silver-medallist, Shon Seung Mo of Korea. I was feeling strong and rested after a combination of good sleep and hard training back home in Ottawa, and after a couple of days of getting over my jet lag, I was sharp and ready for my match. I lost the first game 21-14, took the second game 22-20, and was dusted off the court in the third, losing 21-7. That being said, it was a very good turn around for me in the second set, and it gives me more and more confidence to know that I can win games against these top players, especially against opponents like this one, who could be considered to be one of the best 'fighters' on tour. It wasn't easy at all to win this one game, but I did it and that is what counts.

This week, I'm up a class, playing the world number 2 and last week's winner, Lee Chong Wei, from Malaysia. This is one of those no pressure matches. For him, I know he will be tired both mentally and physically from the tournament last week, and I will do my best to make every point difficult for him. It should be fun!

I play tomorrow night at 9:40pm or something. You can see the updated results at, and under the Yonex Korea Super Series 2008.

All the best!



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