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    Very good pictures. But no INA players at all (except Taufik in poster with LCW), any particular reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badMania View Post
    Lol....the conversations between the Chinese players and the coaches were damn hilarious!

    Oh...is that old cheerleader the usual ones we saw in the TV?
    Yup, the same one. Though he's now getting, err, quite advanced in age ...... I still remember our "battles" during the Thomas Cup campaigns of 1988 and 1992 at the old Stadium Negara.

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    More pictures from the players' seating:

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    Danish XD players arriving before their battle

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    Vita Marissa and her new partner Variella return in high spirits after their drubbing ....

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    Miyuki Maeda, still lovely as usual. Although she played crappy in this tournament .....

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    Default Women's singles .....

    ...... will see a new champion tomorrow. Young 'uns too .....


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    The short and fast Tai-phoon, will do battle with ....

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    .... the tall and powerful PAW-favourite Yao Xue ......

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    .... seen here celebrating her winning point ....

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    ... before being congratulated by a hapless BYJ.

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    Default Warmups and Warmdowns ......

    .... are an essential fact of life among professional players. Doing the warmup and warmdown wrong or not doing them at all spells injury problems .....

    And so, let's warm up to ...

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    ... how the XD title favourites do their warm up, slow and relaxed ....

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    .... but Sony does it to another level, limbering all the way on court ...

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    .... worked a charm when he outplayed Tago here ....

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    ... even Tago's coach saw the writing on the wall .....

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    .... before his charge goes down to the ground! Congrats Sony!!!

    Battle over, the job is still not done for Sony ....

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    .... Yup, there is still the warm down routine. In fact, Sony's warm down exercise went so long ....

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    .... that his equally victorious teammates managed to join in before he was done ....

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    .... Just look at the exposed midriff of a World and Olympic MD Champion

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    Player attires are now very colourful, unlike the good old days where you can wear any colour, as long as it is white .....

    But sometimes, I wish the team had more sense of colour matching. For example, the Singapore Girls in orange top and white skirts stood out, but I don't feel that it matches them well. Especially with those shoes .....

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    Singapore top pair with their orange-white livery .....

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    With Zhong Qianxin in long term rehabilitation, it was refreshing to see two good looking girls together ..... Bao Yixin and Tian Qing, favourites for WD title. Sensible clothing too.

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    The very good looking Nadiedza Zieba ......

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    Yup, she looks good even in full flight ...

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    The main reason for badminton being tagged the fastest racquet in the world, is shown below ...

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    Shallow smash from Variella, with hardly any elevation ....

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    Tago trying to break down Sony's stubborn defences .....

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    Excellent elevation from Jordan, ready to destroy the famed Danish defence ....

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    This one, a more direct attacking form .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by badMania View Post
    Is it just me? But Xie Zhongbo has grown "old" so much over the past few years? Although not as extreme as Zhang Jun, he seems to be expanding sideways too. Hmm.....
    He is much taller than Zhang Jun, thus the "expansion" would not look so obvious .....

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    They are using AS-40 for the game, i wonder why it's not on sale here



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    Hahaha.. that is really ugly purple shoes of Singapore girls . Especially with orange and white outfit. That is Shinta M Sari, isn't she?

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    someone brought up some nice info... and found photos in fb

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    Are those camera like looking things in front of the line judges the "new technology" that the BWF has been talking about to improve line calls?
    interesting tht you ask, coz i hv reviewed my photos from day 3-4 and there were no signs of it. Day 5 only it popped out


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    absolutely awesome pics and commentary as usual!!

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    Haven't seen Zieba and Mateusiak for so long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by naistav View Post
    Hahaha.. that is really ugly purple shoes of Singapore girls . Especially with orange and white outfit. That is Shinta M Sari, isn't she?
    Yup, hideous looking shoes.

    No offence, Shinta, in case you are reading this ..... but you would have looked better with more striking colours to match the Dutch-like Orange shirt.

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    Default Queen of the Weak Knees .....

    Just so you know, in badminton, it is always the players with long term and never-properly-healed injury problems that tend to have the strongest mental strength. Because they have to fight with their bodies to do things their physique sometimes refuse to do.

    These players typically have limited success in the International Scene, yet often times their fighting qualities make them more worthy of mention than the top players.

    One of the best examples is Sony Dwi Kuncoro for Indonesia, the best mental mind for his country by far. If he had Simon Santoso's physique or Taufik Hidayat's tricks, he could have been a LD/LCW equivalent.

    In Malaysia, our equivalent of Sony DK would be badminton queens with weak knees .....

    The previous Malaysian queen of the weak knees have since retired and, err, married a certain Superstar Sports Personality, so now she could only sit in the stands .......

    .... but that does not mean she does not have a worthy successor. No sirree .....

    So, for Malaysia, we have .....

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    Malaysia's new queen of the weak knees, Miss Goh Liu Ying (still playing with injury in this tournament). But hey, she won the Asian title while limping on court in 2010.

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    Hopefully GLY will not end up like previous queen of weak knees from INA, the Indonesian darling: Maria Kristin Yulianti.

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