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    Congratulations to Ahsan/Setiawan!

    Don't mean to be a wet blanket here... it appears to me their winning formula lies with their fast, flat drives coupled with strong smashes... alot of shots are played between the waist-chest level... this style is reminiscent of LXL/QZH's play...

    Just wondering how sustainable is this style? IMO, speed and agility is a very important factor for this type of play.. However when age catches up... players may not be able to keep up with such intensiveness and pace..

    Just my two cents worth...
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    Yes I echo this view. They hv such uncanny ability and both of them read the game so well ....scary
    Not to forget....yes their drives win them points but their defence is rock solid...they can turn defence into drive battle and from there they either kill you or transit to offence formation.

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    Their hands are so fast and accurate at shots like drives and smashes. And impeccable placements too.

    When they play, it's as if they don't need to think and their shots and placements are like second nature... like blinking and breathing.

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    Ahsan's speed at the net today was impressive but Setiawan is still the master

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    They really played well. I still admire HS speed but MA was on fire.. you can see it in his eyes..

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    What I'd like to see is a slow mo replay of Ahsan's footwork and coverage of court, especially the forecourt. He was like he was supercharged and was moving at 1.5x normal human speed. The Danes were quite simply overwhelmed.

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    Hendra is simply the best now

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    What I'd like to see is a slow mo replay of Ahsan's footwork and coverage of court, especially the forecourt. He was like he was supercharged and was moving at 1.5x normal human speed. The Danes were quite simply overwhelmed.
    I agree. He was really on fire and there nothing the danes could response to it. just like OG 2012

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    they played really well...only started their partnership in a short period...they were like koo/tan when they first started their partnership. As time flies, they will get figured out by the other teams, I just hope they would not turn out like the malaysians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by **KZ** View Post
    they played really well...only started their partnership in a short period...they were like koo/tan when they first started their partnership. As time flies, they will get figured out by the other teams, I just hope they would not turn out like the malaysians.
    i agree, i also worry about that....
    but i think they are different from Koo/Tan's case.
    Koo/Tan rely on power... meanwhile, they have no discipline. it makes them decline bit by bit
    Hendra/Ahsan rely on drives. even they can turn a "defensive mode" to "drive mode"
    they dont need to move fast here and there. Hendra dictate the tempo. can play fast or slow.
    as long as they stay working hard on training, they will be OK.
    and of course, the mentality shold be ok too.
    Ahsan is still hungry of some titles, it is good.

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    If only Hendra didn't get stuck that long with Kido during their post-Pelatnas career. And... it is really unfortunate that Ahsan wasted many years of so-so pairing with Bona.

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    desire and hunger
    it will take time for others to catch up and study+try to beat them.
    so try harder now before others catch up

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    I think Hendra/Ahsan will still dominate until Asian Games 2014. after that, Hendra will be 30 yo.
    but i know that Hendra is still hungry for Olympics. Luckily, he is the playmaker, not the smasher.

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    Heey... Cai & Fu were +/- 32 & 29 y.o. when they won dat OG gold. Not young anymore (one of them is already a dad, if I'm not mistaken), yet their smashes & netplay were awesome as hell.

    If Hendra/Ahsan are able to maintain hunger & discipline while keep perfecting & adapting their tactics to counter their opponents, well, keep your fingers crossed

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    Big congratulation to my favourite pair Hendra/Ahsan!!
    Wish to see many more titles to come.... from the male version of Monster (Wang/Yu)

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    Hopefully they dominate for a long time to come, their style of play for me is much more pleasing than the usual lift smash lift smash game the Chinese (barring LXL/QZH) and Korean's display....

    Playing at such lightning pace is a sight to behold

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    What racquet did Hendra use throughout World Championships?

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    Have you guys noticed? Hendra/Ahsan hasn't ever lift or clear, they'd rather suicide and hit into the net than lift

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