Sho Sasaki, the top shuttler from Japan, proved his superiority on court as he secured a quarter-final berth after thrashing Kevin Cordon of Guatemala in the round-of-16 encounter in the Olympic Games 2012 on August 1, at Wembley Indoor Arena, in London.
The experienced Sasaki, who has been positioned at number seven in Men’s Singles world ranking, put up superb show and easily overpowered his lower ranked opponent Cordon indicating the skill gap between two players.
The in-form Japanese shuttler employed all of his skills to overpower the spirited Cordon in the opening set and he eventually managed it. Nonetheless, he was quite comfortable in the following set and easily won it to seal off victory with a considerable
margin on the board.
On the other hand, the impressive Cordon also put up strong resistance in the first set and lost it with a tight margin.
But the talented shuttler from Guatemala failed to maintain his good rhythm in the following set and lost the battle without snatching any game from the Japanese shuttler.
In the opening set, Sasaki played aggressive badminton and tried his best to take a comfortable lead at the initial stage of this pre-quarter-final battle.
However, Japanese shuttler could not manage it as Cordon proved to be a tough nut to crack as he played with power and speed to deny Sasaki any lead until the break.
Sasaki geared up his speed after the break and played wonderful shots at net but Cordon had effective answers of all of shots came from the racquet of Japanese and remained stick around until the score reached at 21-21.
The aggressive Sasaki played with precision at this stage and reeled off two straight points to grab the set with a dramatic 23-21 score on the board.
In the following set, the competition was again very tough as both players showed aggression in opening rallies and also remained neck-to-neck until the mid-game interval.
However, Sasaki played stunning badminton after the break as he geared up his speed and dominated the game all the way to finish it off with a huge 21-10 score on the board.
The higher ranked Sasaki emerged as the winner in this pre-quarter-final clash against Cordon with a superb margin of 23-21 and 21-10.