Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Simon struggles but wins at the Thailand Open

Simon struggles but wins at the Thailand Open

Gilles Simon beat Lu Yen-hsun 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals at the Thailand Open 2011 tennis tournament.

Simon broke to lead 5-4 in the decider and finally was able to served out the victory.

"I was down a set and a break and he had points for 5-2," said Simon.

"It was an amazing match. His level was really high and I had the sensation that I was also playing well."

"I knew I had to play the maximum on every point against him," he added. "I was almost on the plane back home at one point, I'm very happy to win this match."

Simon will next play German Matthias Bachinger, who beat Danai Udomchoke 7-6, 6-3.

Udomchoke received a good luck blessing from a Buddhist monk a week ago, but it was not enough.

He said his tennis fate was always in his own hands.

"It takes more than that. The spell is something good for the mind but it stills comes down to physical fitness and hard work," said the player, who has been dealing with a recent shoulder injury.

"I've prepared really well for three weeks because this could be my last Thailand Open. I want to retire next year and don't know if I can last the whole (2012) season."

Source AP