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Slow start for Lohau after rejoining German team
Date: 10/11/2021 4:39 PM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
Japan are not making it easy for one of Europe’s strongest teams, as Germany fails to get a win in their first matches of the third day at the Uber Cup.

After losing 4-1 to Indonesia, Germany are on the lookout for much-needed wins. It was a good start of the day for the team as star player Isabel Lohau rejoined them, after leaving for a military training in the Sudirman Cup. However, the big comeback was just not enough for them.

-We have to find our rhythm again
Linda Efler/ Isabel Lohau understood that they would have to be playing at their best, as they were facing Yuki Fukushima/ Misaki Matsumoto, who were both part of the Japanese team that won the 2018 Uber Cup in Bangkok. Lohau could feel the difference of level between her and her partner, and the Japanese duo.

- There were a lot of differences. We knew what we would be facing, but I just did not reach the level I wanted to. I am quite disappointed, Lohau said.

The team already lost their first clash, and with three losses already, it seems like Germany might be facing their second loss. There are many factors that play into it, and Lohau also feels like her being away from the court for some time might have played a part.

- I think we have to find our rhythm again. We had not played together in a few months. Some rallies were quite good, but most were bad, Efler stated.

- I wish it was not part of the game but I think it is. I have had almost two weeks without practice and now I am playing at such a high level, it was not so easy today for me, Lohau said.

Not quite on the level
The first two players to play for Germany today were Yvonne Li and Ann-Kathrin Spöri. After Li’s disappointment with her level in her first match at the Uber Cup, and despite not managing to win again, this time, the German player is happy with her performance after her clash with Akane Yamaguchi.

- She was very patient, and I was not. It is unlucky, I wanted it so much. I actually think I played quite well today. I am happy about my performance. It was a lot better than yesterday, Li explained.

Spöri could not get a win against Sayaka Takahashi either, losing in straight games 9-21 10-21. Still, the 20-year-old player sees this as an opportunity for growth and she hopes she has learnt from it so that she can take the knowledge and strength onto her next tournaments.

- There is a big gap in the scoreboard, but also in the game. I did not really get into the game, she did not give me any chances at all. She took her chances in every moment. It was a little bit too much for me, Spöri said.

- This gives me a lot of energy for the next tournaments, even if I lose. I see how the top players are playing and that really motivates me. It will help me in the next tournaments.

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