seeing them today i don't think they are really a front back combination, it was just drive drive drive which worked really well
They do mostly play drives, but undoubtedly Liu is the front player. Qiu is the back player. They just don't go into that formation that often. I'm glad they play a style that is different from the other chinese pairs.
I also agree that they will drop Shen Ye soon. Shen Ye has nothing that stands out about him. He doesn't really know how to dominate the net, and he rarely scores points off of his racket. Even LiuXL would be a better partner for Hong Wei.
I think Qiu has time to improve his game, but I don't feel that he is very good at the moment. He makes a lot of careless mistakes off his racket. He doesn't have the power of ChaiBiao or HongWei. But because of his shorter height, its easier for him to do mid-range drives.
Well atleast GuoZhenDong was a World Championship Bronze Medalist. He had some good results. I regard Guo Zhendong as a much better player than Shen Ye. But I agree with you, they are similar in that they are good, solid players but without any lethal weapons.
I wonder what it would look like with LXL to play with Fu Haifeng.
I think individually, Chai Biao and Hong Wei are better players than Qiu Zihan. But Qiu is probably a better complement to LXL because of his fast drives.
Please LYB, find Hong Wei a better partner than Shen Ye! Maybe try playing ZhangNan/HongWei. Aren't there any other young Chinese front-court players?