It was 1989 at the World Championships and the finalists were Yang Yang and Ardy Wiranata. Yang Yang, a player touted for his level of consistency and shot accuracy coupled with light footwork, came into China's limelight during the period where Han Jian was on his way to retirement. Having won the 1987 World Championship against Morten Frost in Beijing, this was his 2nd World Championship final. To make matters worst, the 1989 WC was held in Jakarta and the crowd was all gung-ho with support for Ardy. Ardy shot to a 8-0 lead in the first game. The then 19 year old Ardy used his good court coverage and half court smashes with deadly deftness, but 26 year old Yang Yang held his cool and composure to take the first set 15-10. The 2nd set saw Ardy played even faster and using his half smashes more to both left and right of Yang Yang's mid-court. At 10-2, Yang Yang still held his cool. Unbeknownst to Ardy, Yang Yang was already making mental plans for the 3rd game. Yang Yang had already decided to let the 2nd game go. His plan for the 2nd game was to tire out Ardy, virtually giving Ardy all high serves to the baseline. Ardy gave Yang Yang a 15-2, virtually unheard of in Yang Yang's career. In the 3rd game, this was where Yang Yang changed his tactic, using all low serves to deny Ardy from using his half smashes. And when Ardy proceeded to continue with his arsenal of half smashes during a rally, he was surprise that his smashes were all returned cross court back to his baseline. Yang Yang kept pushing Ardy to his baseline and forced him to cover the diagonal length of the full court (running from right baseline corner to left front court and vice versa) when Yang Yang suddenly flick to the net corners. With Yang Yang guarding his front netting when Ardy tried to play net tightly, the latter was surprise to find his tight net shots being pounced upon by Yang Yang. Ardy had no clue how to play the 3 set except to continue with his game plan to outrun and outmaneuver Yang Yang. The game was over quite shortly arriving at 15-5 in Yang Yang's favour. Although Yang Yang's shirt was fully drenched and soaked, he was never panting for air playing the younger 19 yr old Ardy. Footnote: The way Yang Yang holds or grips his racket is quite unorthodox as I find that no other player swings the racket like him. To the outsider, his swing of the racket head looks so easy and without power (as compared to the crazy contorted faces of LD before a powerful smash) but his power is great nonetheless. Till this day, I find no other player that comes close to replicate his style of stroke, except for Yong Hock Kin, Yang Yang's former prodigy. I would say Yong's movement copycats Yang Yang's, but nowhere near Yang Yang's power.