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03-11-2012, 10:56 PM #749
03-11-2012, 11:03 PM #750
OG is only 4 months away and that's arguably the biggest prize is one's career. He knows he can't risk aggravating the injury to the point that it affect his OG chances.
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03-11-2012, 11:14 PM #751
03-11-2012, 11:19 PM #752
Badminton: Lin takes fifth All-England title as Lee quits
Posted: 11 March 2012 2332 hrs
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom:
Lin Dan became the first player of the open era to win the All-England men's title five times when defending champion Lee Chong Wei retired with a shoulder injury in Sunday's final.
The setback, which happened to the Malaysian with the score at 21-19, 6-2 to the Chinese player, denied Lee the chance of becoming the first man since the 1970s to win the title three times in a row.
Lee had also been complaining of a painful hand earlier in the tournament, and might have soldiered on longer had he snatched a very close first game which was influenced by a couple of marginal decisions.
However, Lee was facing an Olympic and world champion with more appetite for an All-England final than last year, when Lin himself was suffering from a stomach muscle injury.
Now Lin often took the attack to Lee, knocking the shuttle about with accuracy and variety, and moving with predatory stealth and economy.
When he attempted to get the shuttle on to the floor it was usually with unique deception, a Lin trademark.
"I don't think the injury affected his rhythm," Lin said through an interpreter during a brief on court interview, perhaps keen not to have the value of his win reduced in what could be his last All-England Open.
Later though he struck a more sympathetic note.
"I am very sorry for Lee Chong Wei," he said. "We have played against each other for almost ten years, since we were juniors, and we are very familiar with each other and have no secrets.
"The countdown is now on (till the end of their careers) and we don't know how many more times we will play each other, so we cherish each time. With the Olympics approaching maybe he made the right decision."
Well as Lin played, the match may have taken a different course had Lee not had moments of slight ill-luck.
At 4-5 he projected an overhead drop which landed very close to the line but was called out, prompting him to stand and stare for a long time.
An almost identical incident happened, but in a much more important context at 18-18, when Lee felt certain that his drop to the same sideline had actually touched the line.
That brought more staring from him, and his sense of injustice may have been compounded when at 19-19 Lin Dan's attempted kill took a crucial net cord which made the shuttle fall in an irretrievably.
Against that Lin had a moment of frustration too, when a kill at the net which he thought had earned him an 11-8 lead was denied him because the umpire ruled he had put his racket over the net.
This brought huge jeers from the crowd, a majority of whom supported Lin, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time.
The decisive tilt of fortunes came eleven rallies later, on a game point in which Lee's half-smash landed desperately close to the same sideline where he had previously been disappointed.
This too was called out, though it was maybe by no more than an inch, causing Lee to toss his racket behind him in disgust. Five minutes later he decided he had had enough.
"I'm very disappointed at what happened," said Lee. "I had the shoulder injury earlier, but I didn't want to disappoint the crowd so I came to play anyway.
"But when I felt the pain some more I didn't want to push the shoulder any more."
Without doubt Lee will have had his fitness for London 2012 in mind, when he is likely to be trying to atone for his one-sided loss to Lin Dan in the Olympics Games in Beijing.
Earlier another world number one, Wang Yihan, crashed to a shock defeat in the women's singles final as her 21-year-old compatriot Li Xuerui snatched the title with a remarkably composed performance in a 21-13, 21-19 win.
Wang's was a strangely error-strewn performance in the first game and then an unexpectedly flat one emotionally in the second when she had a 15-10 lead and seemed likely to take it to a decider.
If Li finishes in the world's top four at the end of next month, it gives China the maximum three singles players in this event at the Olympic Games in London.
The Chinese also won the women's doubles, giving them three titles, though this is their smallest All-England haul for eight years.
Men's singles final:
Lin Dan (CHN) bt Lee Chong Wei (MAS) 21-19, 6-2 retires
Men's doubles final:
Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae (KOR) bt Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng (CHN) 21-23, 21-9, 21-14
Women's singles final:
Li Xuerui (CHN) bt Wang Yihan (CHN) 21-13, 21-19
Women's doubles final:
Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) bt Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang (CHN) 21-17, 21-12
Mixed doubles final:
Tontowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir (INA) bt Thomas Laybourn/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN) 21-17, 21-19
03-11-2012, 11:27 PM #753
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03-11-2012, 11:30 PM #754
03-11-2012, 11:37 PM #755
03-11-2012, 11:43 PM #756
03-11-2012, 11:59 PM #757
Chickened out??? Seriously??
I guess you did not see the grimaces of pain on LCW's face during the game.
I guess you did not see the times he called for the tournament doctor.
We all don't know how much pain he is going through.
I guess we all saw LCW hitting less than his usual booming smashes.
Its all very easy for us to sit back on our comfy chairs and comment on how LCW should continue, how he should stay mentally strong blah blah blah...
But in reality, do we know the amount of pain he is playing through? no.
Do we know how disappointed he might be having to lose this final and retire? no.
Lastly, do we know how debilitating an injury might be to a professionals game? esp an All England final? no.
For the record, just look at Jung Jae Sung's performance during the super series finale when he had that shoulder injury, hardly impressive.
Who are us spectators, who don't go through the hell that LCW goes through everyday to even get to this level of play to comment that he chickened out in the final??
03-12-2012, 12:01 AM #758
03-12-2012, 12:08 AM #759
Shoulder = bahu
03-12-2012, 01:01 AM #760
my 2 cents after read all the post regard lee/lin final
lin dan is extremely eager to win this,with a lots of tense
he smashed twice to lcw back hand but out,that was unusual as he dont like to bend backward like lcw
lin dan feel the heat and pressure when he cant lead lcw in bigger points gap
lcw keeps chasing,thats explained why he serve into the net twice
in another hand
lee cw tried to win the 1st set,he was inch away from it
i believe the pain on shoulder affect his accurate placement
the situation is even worst in 2nd set where lcw cant control the shuttle,hence he decide to retired
no one should doubt if he is injured or not
from lcw micro expression,it was real
the next meeting will be more exciting than the 2011 wc final
hehe,waiting for it!
03-12-2012, 01:21 AM #761
There is a possibility that the injury is real, it might be due to overstretch the shoulder muscle too much, with a proper massage technique, it will soon recover.
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03-12-2012, 01:21 AM #762
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03-12-2012, 01:42 AM #763
03-12-2012, 01:44 AM #764
In my opinion, I think G1 was fought at the very highest level by both players, as is humanly possible, under such immense pressure from the fans and media.
As far as G1 is concerned, there is really no point in speculating how the injury affected LCW’s game because it was quite clear to me that the motivation or mental determination simply took over whatever (nagging) discomfort at that closing juncture of G1. LCW simply knew he had to throw all ammunitions he had to cross that finishing line and secure G1 – come hell or high water.
As Anthony Clark aptly remarked; “Sometimes an injury can work in favour of the injured (psychologically).”
Well, it most likely worked against LD because if he had lost to an injured LCW, his reputation would down the drain; the media and some on this forum would go berserk. From my perspective, LCW, in trying to surge ahead to close off G1, in fact put in more effort than he usually does against anyone and that resulted in some of the most remarkable display of skills and confidence I’ve ever seen from him. But even under such a unique circumstance when he had a slight (mental) edge over LD, he could not seal G1.
And of course unfortunately and understandably in the said process, it aggravated his injury to the point of early retirement in G2. I reckon he and Tay Siew Bock would have already planned this retirement if he is unable to secure G1.
So as far as G1 is concerned, we can safely conclude that LD is the superior player last night – injury or not.
03-12-2012, 01:48 AM #765
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