Chloe Birch at the European Games (Great Britain) (Credit: Badminton Photo)
Revenge for Birch
Date: 6/24/2019 10:40 AM
Published by : Aidan Jones (BEC)
Chloe Birch has successfully beaten Sabrina Jaquet in Minsk, after losing to the Swiss Women's Singles player in Azerbaijan.

Birch, representing Great Britain, lost the first game (11-21) before turning the match on its head to win the two following games straight.

Off to a good start

After meeting Jaquet at the Azerbaijan International earlier this month, Birch came into this one having an equal record against her opponent.

The 23-year old revealed how happy she was to beat the best player in her group on paper, and getting off to a good start at the second edition of the European Games.

- Sabrina is a tough opponent and to get that win and off to a good start, is always good, Chloe Birch said.

- I got off to a bit of a slow start, we have been working on tactics for the arena and in the second and third set, it paid off for me, so I am happy, she added.

A big chance missed for Jacquet

Sabrina Jaquet from Switzerland believes that this defeat against Birch is a big chance missed.

- I am quite disappointed because I had my chances and didn’t take them, she said.

- I think Chloe played better for sure, the first set I really had control, I was playing well also tactically and she came back and put me under a lot of pressure, the 31-year old added.

- I tried too hard, I did not use the whole court, and I was not able to find my game.

Jaquet, in an emotional interview following the match, explained that she might even need to change her ambition for the group stage, after losing an important match for her.

- It is not over to get the first spot, but it is going to be very hard, so my goal now is to get the second spot in the group, Jaquet stated.
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