Paris: Still in a state of shock after upstaging world`s numero uno women`s shuttler Wang Yihan, Japan`s giantkiller Eriko Hirosa said the victory against the top-seeded Chinese in the on going World Badminton Championships was the biggest achievement of her career.
The 25-year-old Hirosa, seeded 10th, proved that her win over Yihan during the Uber Cup finals in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year was not a fluke as she recovered from a first set defeat to win 20-22, 21-16, 21-18 in 75 minutes.
"It is truly a memorable moment for me as this is my greatest ever achievement. You do not often beat the world number one and doing it at this level is really something I did not expect," said Hirosa at the post match press conference.
"When I stepped onto the court to face her, all I wanted to do was give her a good fight. But as the match progressed I knew that she was vulnerable and I took my chances.”
"Even after losing the first set I knew I was with a chance and just returned every shots, letting her make the mistakes," she said.
Yihan could not stop her tears and was in a state of shock.
"I really do not know what to say. Somehow Eriko (Hirosa) managed to read my game to precision and countered whatever I could conjure," said Yihan.
"Eriko was in her best form and my game was not really up to expectations. I am sad to have lost but credit to my opponent," she said.
Meanwhile, in the men`s singles it was plain sailing for the favourites as Peter Hoeg Gade had little difficulty in overcoming the challenge of Marc Zwiebler, winning 21-14, 21-15.
Despite just 16 hours between his second round three-game thriller against South Korea`s Shon last night, Gade was in his element and will now take on Japan`s Kazushi Yamada in the last eight stage.
"I had to play intelligently and not let Marc seize the initiative as I had yet to recover from the match last night," said Gade.
"I have not played Yamada but from what I have observed he is full of energy and can surprise if I let my guard down."
Gade also dispelled the notion that the bottom half of the draw was favourable to him given that most seeded players had lost.
"That`s an opinion of others and I do not think that is correct as players who are in these championships have a certain level. And if they progress, then it is because they are the better players on that day,` he said.
Also moving into the quarterfinals was the invincible Lin Dan of China, who brushed aside the challenge of his countryman Bao Chunlai 21-16, 21-13 in 42 minutes.
Joining Lin Dan and Gade was fourth seed Chen Jin, who defeated Singapore`s Ashton Chen 21-17, 21-10.