September 14, 2010
In the largest World Championships in the history of the sport, this year’s event included 848 players competing in 16 weight divisions as players vied for both a World title as well as Olympic qualification points.
Annie dominated her match in the 48kg division against 2010 Pan American silver medalist Stefany Garcia (ESA), throwing Garcia for a yuko in the first minute with kouchigari and then forcing her into a stalling penalty. After Shiraishi threw Garcia for a waza-ari (half-point) score in the third minute, she increased her lead again when Garcia was given a second penalty. Shiraishi ended the match in the fourth minute when she pinned Garcia for the win.
In her next match, Annie competed against Bat-Erdene Baljinnyam (MGL), a multiple World Cup medalist. The Mongolian proved to be too tough for Annie and she was eliminated from her first World Championships debut.
Annie reflects on her World Championship experience:
“I felt really good during my first match match. I was definitely a little nervous but was able to control it enough to be able to function. Once the match started I realized that I was threatened by this girl and all I had to do was play a smart match. Which led to me throwing her and eventually pinning her to win the match.
Second round, I met a Mongolian (multiple World Cup medalist). I never heard of this girl so I went in to the match like I would any other unknown person. But she caught me off guard right off the bat. She’s a tough fighter and I wasn’t able to beat her.
Overall, this tournament was another great experience that I have under my belt. My first World Championships. And the part that I loved the most was that my entire family was there to see me fight. They haven’t traveled with me to a competition for almost 10 years… 6 years for my parents”.
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