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Australian Paralympic co-captain Danni di Toro said she still had a lot of “unlearning” to do after suffering a first loss in table tennis in the women’s singles.
Di Toro is competing in his seventh Paralympic Games, but the top five of them were in tennis.
Being relatively new to table tennis, di Toro expects to receive many difficult lessons, and that was the case on Wednesday when she lost in straight sets to Germany’s Sandra Mikolaschek 11-6 11 -4 13-11.
“They are the best players in the world and I haven’t had an international game for over two and a half years, and that’s a big deal when you develop as an athlete,” said di Toro, who finished ninth at his Class 4 table tennis court in Rio in 2016.
“I came from tennis to table tennis and it takes at least 10 years to get half an idea.
“They (both sports) are a world of their own to be really honest… the way you use your body is so different.
“There is so much of my body that you shouldn’t be using (in table tennis) and you know that Maggie Meng who is my awesome trainer reminds me of this constantly, so there is still a lot to unlearn as much as there is. to learn how to do. “
Li Na Lei, a five-time Paralympic gold medalist who moved to Australia several years ago, opened her campaign in Tokyo with a straight-set victory over Brazilian Jennyfer Marques Parinos.
Another naturalized Australian Ma Lin, whose right arm was eaten by a bear in China in the mid-1990s, started with a straight-set victory over Joshua Stacey in the men’s singles.
Australian Associated Press