The results of the two meetings show that Gregoria has always lost in his three previous meetings with the former world number one and 2017 world champion. But now, Gregoria only needed 35 minutes to close the match with the score 21-11, 21-12 at the Jyske Arena in Odense.
On this subject, Gregoria explained that the victory was possible because he knew how to appear calm to take advantage of Okuhara’s performance which was not considered optimal.
“Today I played quite calmly, which means I didn’t make many mistakes myself,” Gregoria said after the match in a statement from PBSI’s media and public relations team .
“That’s what I did from the beginning because of course Nozomi is also a good player, even though we both know she’s not in the best condition,” he added.
Next, in the round of 16, Gregoria will face Indian representative Pusarla V. Sindhu, who advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Scottish women’s singles Kirsty Gilmour. In response to this, Gregoria admitted that he wanted to focus on achieving the best results.
“Thank God, I am quite happy with today’s victory. But in the future, the opponents will definitely become tougher. I want to focus on one match at a time first, I don’t want to let myself fooled by something that could disturb me”, concluded Gregoria.
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