Vaughan Close to causing a major upset at the World Badminton Championships
World No25 Richard Vaughan went out in the Last32 of the Proton World Championships Wednesday to World No11 Ronald Susilo.
Vaughan beat French No1 Kehlhoffner in the earlier round, but today’s match Susilo rocketed off to a good start scoring from his big smash, leading 8-2. Vaughan then dug deep and tied the match at 10-10 before, before Susilo turned 11-10 up. The second half of the match was point for point with Susilo always having the point advantage closing it 21-18.
In the second set again the two players went point for point with some very long rallies as both players struggled to get the shuttle on the floor. Vaughan turning 11-10. Some hard rallies saw Vaughan lead 14-10 with the game crucially poised. The next couple of rallies saw Susilo use sharp cuts which caught Vaughan who looked to be struggling with an ankle which was strapped. This seemed to be problem for Vaughan over the remaining points who though not making mistakes struggled to move as sharply as before for certain shots. With Susilo going from 10-14 to 18-14 on a run of points. Vaughan then resorted to hitting some out right winning smashes, before Susilo closed out the match 21-18.
Vaughan said ‘It was a disappointing end to the match after I had worked hard to be in a good position. I really tried to work Susilo around the court in the first one and a half sets, and just as it appeared to be working with me setting a good lead in the second set I had a reoccurrence of an ankle problem. I don’t have a physio here but had managed it ok I thought, it started getting tight towards the end of yesterdays 1st round match and this morning it was a little worse. It just seemed to go at the end of the 2nd set and I was not fast enough to cope with Ronald’s long fast rallies.”
Susilo went on to beat World No3 Chen Jin in the next round in two comfortable sets, setting up a ¼ final match against the forth Chinese Chen Yu for a medal.
Vaughan hopes to maintain his ranking before the US Grand Prix in LA the last week of August.