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    Default Why is Wen Hsing Cheng's serve so wonky?

    Granted the fiesty woman has got 2 medals from the recent-concluded JO, but on so many times her service fell short. Frequently her XD/WD partners were like "oh pls pls... let the serve go thru properly"

    Probably if she performed better at serving, they would have won the WD over the young CH duo. Since as it is, they actually held 2 match points in the 2nd game, but dint push managed to push on.

    And I got to witness her inconsistencies firsthand at the SG Open...

    My qn is: as a professional sportswoman, surely she has ample time/drills to improve her serve since June? And if the booboos come about because of a crisis of confidence, the TW bad association would have engaged sports psychologists to help out in that aspect.

    Any thoughts?

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    Yeah. It was a real shame. Too many points lost as result of her poor serves. You can see the frustrations in her partner.

    Young CH duo must be celebrating big time ... cos they were not even seeded players but won beat the old birds.

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    Well it's a good question, and she's not the only one to suffer from this problem. In the WD final of the recent Belgian open England's Heather Olver was having similar serving problems:

    http://www.badmintoneurope.tv/

    her very first serve (into the net) was a wonderful psychological gift to the opposition. Even the commentator described her serving as "shocking".

    Agree - an area for the sports psychologists, surely?

    smautf

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    As a previous #1 ranked wd player, not only is her serve wonky but so is her hairdo! . But seriously, she has excellent forecourt and rearcourt skills all around. She plays excellently in both wd and xd. It's just a shocking crime that her short serves are so nasty. If I were her coach, I would make her serve 1000 times per day for 1 week until she gets it right. And for added psychological toughening, there'll be her partner on the receiving side ready to pounce on any loose serves and slam it into her face!

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    it's all about mental toughness

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    Not every loss is about mental toughness. If CWH did not have mental toughness, how could she have beaten CHN and DEN XD playing second match in a day to win JO? That s sheer proof of mental toughness, on the contrary! Actually, it may strike fear or confound their opponents into wondering how can TPE XD win, or be leading, on just one serve? That makes their opponents lose focus ( when their minds wander) while CWH becomes doubly focussed to compensate for her wonky serve. In the end, being focussed is key to winning. As for losing to the new CHN WD, it s the advantage of being unknown. Syllabus not out yet for study whereas CWH syllabus well known so can prepare 100%! No surprise. Second time loss will be a surprise. Anyway, we can boast to our buddies that we serve better than the JO champion. Funny thing is CWH can also laugh after her serve flops! And her coach and partner too. So how can we not laugh as well. Next time we get the Spore crowd to laugh and then cheer for her in SO12.

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    Agreed. Put it this way: if not for her incredible forecourt skills and the pairs' tenacity they wouldn't be champions. But with her serves as they are, it's as if she's saying to her opponents, "oh hey, sorry for winning that smash there, here take a free point from me"! They could be outright champions instead of making it more exciting than necessary. I'm sure her coach is pulling his own hair out over this!

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    its bout confidence! lets not talk bout her, players sometimes goes through a bad patch, losing confidence on their low serve.. u know it if u play in a competitive matches. ur opponent will pounce on ur low serve if its abit loose.

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