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    No danger of LXR to lose her no.1 spot till end of the year.

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    I can only hope that this minor, but significant to her, setback at WC'13 has a silver lining for her. If she had won it she would have practically completed the so-called grand slam in badminton with titles such as the Olympics, the Superseries Finals, The Uber Cup, the Sudirman Cup, the All-England (to many of us),the BAC (only missing the Asian Games ) at a relatively young age of 22. As it is,her rise to the top has been too smooth and too fast, I was wondering if it might actually do her more harm than good for her career in the long run.

    So,paradoxically speaking, a setback or two at the early stage of her already quite successful career might serve as an impetus strengthening her resolve, enabling her to grow and mature steadily, and as a constant reminder never to let success get into her head but to continue humbly learning and acquiring valuable lessons and enriching herself with valuable lifelong experience. There's still a long way ahead of her and time is on her side. As such, patient effort, unending diligence and humble persistence without letting success go to her head or failure to her heart -- are the ingredients for success to scale even greater heights as she is well capable of.
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    I feel that she is not comfortable being #1 and the one everyone want to beat. Her badminton skill is by far the best in WS. I believe she will be Lin Dan in WS if she has LD'S mental strength.

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    Could someone please link me to Xuerui's Tieba/ blog?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *___* View Post
    Could someone please link me to Xuerui's Tieba/ blog?

    Thank you.
    Here you go http://tieba.baidu.com/f?ie=utf-8&kw...9B%AA%E8%8A%AE
    Sorry for the late reply.

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    http://sports.qq.com/a/20131117/004472.htm
    This article confirms what RedShuttle once reported about LXR and WYH both being bitten by insects at the hotel where they stayed during the Denmark Open last month. The insect bites caused rashes and itchiness all over their bodies, much worse for LXR who withdrew at the QF stage than for WYH whose condition worsened later until the finals stage; after that, both of them were forced to withdraw from the French Open the following week.

    For LXR who has sensitive fair skin, the mosquito bite marks on her hands,legs and a few on her face became worse as she scratched them turning red ,swollen and itchier. It grew unbearable after R2 esp when she perspired so much so that coach Zhang Ning approved of her withdrawal from the tournament.

    No wonder during her CHN Open final with Wang Shixian, I noticed several patches or marks on LXR's arms, some a bit blur on her face.

    Now , with WSX winning the runner-up she will have added 9350 points which I believe should catapult her to the top of the OSIM SS Standing for Women's Singles. As for LXR, the championship earns her 11,000 points to bring her within the top 3 or 4, I think.

    However, there is still one last HK SS tournament to go before we know who will be the final 8 to qualify for the SSF.

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    Li Xuerui has registered on tieba. She goes by the name 'zhuer', her post is titled 'I am Li Xuerui'.
    http://tieba.baidu.com/p/1980455753

    我是雪芮





    大家好!我是雪芮,今天刚到上海参加中国公开赛。在房间闲着没事,跑来贴吧看看。看到大家对我的关心,鼓励 ,很感动!特地跑去注册一个账号,想来谢谢大家!!!(这么突然地冒出来,好像不太合适,可是也不知道该怎么办,估计会觉得我是假冒的。。。)昨天打联赛时很尴 尬的摔了一跤,实在是有点丢脸,还好没受伤,就是屁股有点疼。。刚找队医治疗了一下,没什么大碍,请大家放 心。。周三开始比赛,还有两天时间训练,我会加油滴!雄起雄起!!!有点晚了,大家晚安吧。我有时间会经常 上来看看的。总之谢谢大家对我的关心,支持!大家一起加油!!!


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    Here's my humble translation of the above LXR's blogpost at Tieba written three days before the China Open :

    Hello, everybody! I am Li Xuerui, just arrived at Shanghai today to participate in the China Open championship. Feeling idle in the room, I look in at Tieba. Saw all your concerns and encouragement for me, very touched.

    Thought I should specially register an account to thank all of you! (Suddenly appearing in this manner doesn't seem quite right but I don't know what to do, guess you may think I 'm a fake...)

    Yesterday while playing at the league, had an awkward fall, actually a bit embarrassing; OK, not injured,just a little pain in the buttocks. Just seen the team doctor for some medical treatment, nothing serious, please set your mind at ease.

    Competition begins Wednesday, there is still two days of training, I will work hard. Arise! Arise!

    It's kind of late, goodnight everybody. I 'll come here often whenever I 've the time. In short, thank you everybody for your care and support! Let's go for it, JiaYou !!!

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    It turned out that LXR took her WC defeat rather badly. She said,' After losing at the world championships, I sank into a period of depression. Then followed the Chinese National Games and upon returning to the BAYI Team, I didn't feel like touching the racquet/shuttle.' Speaking of that period, she claimed that she is still in the process of growing up (not mature yet), otherwise she would not suffer defeat at the world championships.

    At the China Open where she came from behind to beat Wang Shixian narrowly to successfully defend her title, LXR again expressed that she is still at a growing up stage. After taking the final matchpoint, LXR in a rare scene threw off her racquet, raised her arms and yelled in delight. She admitted,'My stamina wasn't good at all, the multiple rallies were strenuous, Wang Shixian's court coverage was too good."

    She also related the insect bites incident during the Denmark Open which affected her form of late (see my post#737 above). Winning the China Open title in her home country has helped LXR regained some of her self-confidence, she indicated. http://sports.qq.com/a/20131118/000688.htm

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    I just hope she quickly learns to overcome her inexplicable lapses of concentration problem or 'brain fade' which affected her occasionally for a period of time about a year ago and less often nowadays but still there nevertheless. Her tendency to commit mistakes and inaccuracies, such as sliced cross-court drop shots into the net which kwun pointed out during her final match with WSX at last week's China Open as well hitting the shuttle long or wide a bit too frequently when not under pressure - is a worrying sign and a drag on her consistency.

    No wonder she admitted she is yet to be a mature, steady and stable player. This shortcoming was evident during the WC final which costed her the title. Where there's a will, there's a way. But it is a weak point for which she herself is the best person to resolve it as it is a question of her own temperament.

    Suffice for me to say, when LXR is in her element and cuts down on her unforced errors, she is imperious on court,the best of the best, IMHO.

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    In hindsight, it is a blessing that she lost the WC, it helps her to deal with defeat early in her career. I would say her overall game is a level higher than the rest of the field. At this very moment, only the resurgent WSX can give her a match. If she keep on develop the way it should be barring any other unforeseeable happening, she may be more dominating than LD in WS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latecomer View Post
    In hindsight, it is a blessing that she lost the WC, it helps her to deal with defeat early in her career. I would say her overall game is a level higher than the rest of the field. At this very moment, only the resurgent WSX can give her a match. If she keep on develop the way it should be barring any other unforeseeable happening, she may be more dominating than LD in WS.
    You can play Zen master as much as you like but there is no blessing in losing a WC title.

    An athlete's career is one ligament away from ruin. Ask Wang Lin whether she prefers a blessing or a WC title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedShuttle View Post
    You can play Zen master as much as you like but there is no blessing in losing a WC title.

    An athlete's career is one ligament away from ruin. Ask Wang Lin whether she prefers a blessing or a WC title.
    So what are you suppose to do after losing a WC or any important match for that matter?

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    Apparently, LXR has yet to get over the WC loss which is the more painful for occurring in front of her home crowd and ending the unbroken record of CHN WS WC for many years. Whether it turns out to be a blessing in disguise ( I really hope so),let time tell but I do agree that it's much better for the setback to happen early in her career rather than later.

    A true champion will come out of it stronger than ever. Today at the QF of the HK Open, she was beaten by Porntip who won by outplaying her at the net and even out-attacking her which is supposed to be her forte. Just look at the number of times Porntip's smashes found the mark, more amazingly when executed from the baseline, catching LXR flat-footed and exposing her weakness in defense and retrieving ability, particularly when you compare this aspect of LXR's with Wang Shixian's.

    I suppose we have to wait for LXR to sort out her thoughts and get her act together, the sooner the better. Didn't her idol, Lin Dan, show her the way after his Athens 2004 debacle ? Now it's up to her to do the right thing, fast. I take it that she is very demanding of herself, her subsequent CNG triumphs in both team and individual events seemed not to be consoling enough.

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    I strongly feel LXR is getting it wrong. She said she didn't feel like touching the racquet/shuttle after that WC disappointment and sank into depression. Until now she has yet to completely snap out of it and look what happened.

    At the China Open final , she was nearly beaten by WSX whom she used to best, the last time was at the Chinese National Games about two months ago where she beat her in commanding fashion. Next she got hammered by Porntip at the QF of the HK Open two days ago, simply beaten at her own game in scintillating attacking style which is what she herself is wellknown for.

    Sadly speaking, if she continues to wallow in self-pity and misery blaming herself, her situation can only get worse. While I can understand what she meant when she said she is not yet mature as a player but as a 23-yr-old grownup she should be able to think for herself after a short,initial period of wretchedness; after all, the WC debacle wasn't such a huge setback in view of what she has already achieved thus far.

    "Common, LXR, wake up ! Arise ! Arise ! Turn your sorrow into strength. Get back your feel for the game, recover the winning touch, be true to yourself and conquer the badminton world again - just by putting your heart into doing what you are best at, playing beautiful attacking badminton of the highest quality, what else."

    "At the very least, meanwhile, vent all your frustration and self-blame on the badminton court when facing your opponents. Let yourself go, give it your all, immerse yourself in the game but constantly remind yourself to do it responsibly and intelligently, never make a fool of yourself and end up being thrashed like an idiot which is the last thing we want."

    There's no better medicine than meaningful work - and playing badminton well is meaningful for her - to overcome depression, do what she is supposed to do, and get on with life in the best possible manner. There is still a long way ahead of her, encountering setbacks and failures are part and parcel of life, of growing up for which one learns much more from defeats and failures than from successes and glories which serve more to fulfill and encourage.

    Self-motivation is what LXR needed most at the moment while past laurels are signposts of what she can achieve in future and, it bears repeating, hard work and the right attitude are what is required to get there; no shortcuts to the top.

    "LXR, I believe in you. Ultimately, it's all up to you to show us you can do it. Be on your mettle."

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    Justin L, it is still early in her career, I think her supporters don't need to over analysis the situation. All top athletes have to learn coping with ups and downs. I believe her skills is the better than her teammates. Let see what will happen next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latecomer View Post
    Justin L, it is still early in her career, I think her supporters don't need to over analysis the situation. All top athletes have to learn coping with ups and downs. I believe her skills is the better than her teammates. Let see what will happen next.
    LXR must have wanted to win the WC really badly - may be thats why she
    failed - and her resulting depression have let to lost of confidence.
    She definitely needs a good motivator to talk her out of her slumber.

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