if anything, so far the turn out seem to be indication that the top Chinese players are not really into playing tournaments at the moment. prior years everyone are complaining that Chinese players are too dominant, killing the sports, yada, yada. now i am sure there are complaints that they are not playing, withdrawling, yada, yada.
but in any case, it is refreshing to see more different players entering the latter round of even the more prestigious SS. MAS SS final has players from 7 different countries. while, KOR SS has 7 countries in semi, and 4 in the finals.
and will we hear anyone complain that LCW is too dominating without LD around? most of the matches play by LCW are downright one sided these days. (oh goodness i am so going to get chopped up for saying that... )