London 2012

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"I have been training for three-and-a-half years to win an Olympic medal" says Japan star Saori Kimura

Saori Kimura anchored Japan to a historic 3-2 over China by scoring 33 points, a terrific contribution to make true Japan's dream to make it to the semis of the London Olympics

London, Great Britain, August 7, 2012 – Top scorer (33 points) and Japan star Saori Kimura was evidently super happy after the 3-2 win over China: “I have been playing and practising in training for three-and-a-half years to win an Olympic medal, so to be on that stage is wonderful. Whichever team we meet in the semis, I will try my best”.
“We coordinated really well and they (the players) worked really well together. Both teams were so nervous in the final set, but Japan had just a little bit more. The key point was that we made service points. Saori Kimura and Yukiko Ebata were key for us” stated coach Masayoshi Manabe.
“We had aimed for the quarterfinals. We will put our strengths together and climb up again”.

China’s coach Yu Juemin: “This knockout match is the first time we have had a difficult match (at London 2012). We had a lot of pressure, we really wanted to win, so it caused a lot of problems. Wang Yimei, her condition was good today. I wanted to keep our line-up, but we targeted the quarterfinals and we made that aim”.
China’s best scorer Hui Ruoqi: “We really had a lot of pressure today and we played our best. This match is a lesson for us, we must accept the result. The final point was my responsibility. The serve was not so aggressive, but because we really wanted to win, there was a problem (playing with pressure)”.

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