But for the other nations... barely sent their 2nd team. Disappointing line-up to say the least!
Korea sent only a few players, Japan barely sent any and no European appearance
I guess Australia still not an important enough country to other nations
I believe the players from these 2 nations are doing their obligation. Doesn't sound like Lee Chong Wei is happy being there.
“Chong Wei’s next tournament is the Australian Open (April 2-7). He has to play because of sponsorship obligation. He is not playing the Axiata Cup. His wife is expecting and may deliver at the end of April or early May and he may skip the India Open (April 23-28). It all depends. Being a father will give him another new responsibility. But I believe he knows how to handle it.”
Yeah, anybody who can, tell us more about Xue Song. If I'm not wrong, he's still only 18 years old and yet CHN is introducing him to the regular (adult) international circuit which I thought it's a bit unusual.
I happened to watch the replay of his game with Lin Dan in the CBSL in which he showed potential, played with verve and boldly attacking Lin Dan, sometimes giving as good as he gets, before going down fighting.
The rest I read that he lost a close match to Kento Momota in the WJC final. Then in the Olympic Youth Festival held in Australia, I read that he won it by displaying explosive attacking badminton, literally smashing his way through his opponents one by one to the title.
Not too sure about his defensive capabilities which is essential when his attacks peter out and his opponent goes on the counter-attack forcing him on the defensive. That one video of his game with Lin Dan may not be representative of his strengths and weaknesses.
finally Xue Song is there, we shall see something different.
I am more excited to see many junior players from china taking part...especially Ou dong ni and Suo Di..they deserve more international exposures...
I also love to see Chen QingChen/huang DongPing...this pair catch my attention since the first time I saw them last year...So Young and powerful
2013 Australian Open (Sydney BCers to give us reports/info)
Originally Posted by johnlowe88
That's ok Chris, I will catch up with them for you. I need to get a better photo with Taufik anyway.
John, Catch up with me again on your next visit in Melbourne, and show me your photos. Better still, post some photos here (in this thread).
BTW, I found an Illawarra Mercury newspaper report/result of the IBA Open Championships when you and Giona Sheare finished R/up to Weng and R.Robin in the Mixed Doubles event. I shall show you the newspaper clipping when I see you next.