Not sure if China could avoid their loss in the 2003 Sudirman Cup by fielding different players. At that Kim/Ra was unbeatable, and team China is weak in MD at that time. The scratch pair of Cai Yun/Zhang Wei played well, but Lee/Yoo was still a bit too strong for them.
The only way China can win the Sudirman Cup in 2003 is for them to win MS, WD, and WS. Lee Hyun Il did pull the upset by beating Chen Hong, but who else could China field at that time MS? Lin Dan and Bao Chunlai were no at their peak yet. Xia Xuanze might be an alternative, but I don't see why it would be better to field Xia instead of Chen at that time.
the mistake was fielding Chen Hong instead of Xia Xuanze. Xia had a much better record against Lee Hyun Il.
I am not surprised China fielded LXL/QZH. Given CY/FHF's current form, there is a strong possibility that they will lose the match. On the other hand, LXL/QZH had been doing well recently, winning the AE and India SS, they should be a force to be reckoned with.
Much as I dislike to admit it, IMO, it is unlikely that Korea can win the cup. On a player to player comparison, i personally think that China has an edge in all the disciplines except MDs & WS. Unless, Koreans can really up their game.. highly unlikely to upset China.
WS to China. As much as I would like a repeat of BYJ's 2010 upset against WYH I don't see SJH beating an in-form LXR. But anything's possible!
I couldn't see LXR is in her best form, too many mistakes !!!
I could see SJH in her very best form, especially the semifinal match against Inthanon.
Their head to head can't be a judgement for this meet (if the game goes to the 4th match), I give 50:50 for LXR vs SJH.
Originally Posted by Fortune
the score is not important. it can be 3 - 0, 3 - 1 or even only 3 - 2. the most important is the 5th titles in a row
it can be 2-3 or 1-3 as well though unlikely to happen.
As for WS, I have a slight preference for WYH to be chosen instead of LXR who is sometimes given to lapses of concentration (brainfade as some would say except that this term is more appropriately used in F1 auto racing, the nature of the sport is different).
As for Xu Chen, he actually took the blame for that QF loss saying he inexplicably lost focus in the latter part of the 3rd set. Let's see how he redeems himself this time. Here we go, the battle begins.