Wang Zhengming, as usual, when he is very good he is fantastic with his rapid-fire attacking game and unleashing of lethal smashes time and again; even his unforced errors and loose shots are fewer than normal. If only he can do that all the time against anybody consistently from now on - he is 24 years old already, born 16 Feb 1990, it's high time he makes a definite breakthrough to be among the world's top few.
In this excellent match, Tian Houwei matches Wang Zhengming in speed, only a little less aggressive. Hopefully, THW, under Grand Master Tang Xianhu's tutelage, continues to improve and raises his game another level in good time. Born 11 Jan 1992, he's 22 now - I'd give him another year or two, the earlier the better, to make his mark on the world's highest stage.
What a tussle between Wang Yihan and Liu Xin, one that could go either way, quite evenly matched.
I actually watched again WYH's three matches in the last Swiss Open from the QF onwards against Saina, Sung JH and Sun Yu respectively, and now this CBSL matchup. I can't help but notice WYH has become more forceful and decisive, more attacking and a bit more deceptive as well, perhaps due to Chief Coach Chen Jin's influence; a very positive development in my opinion.
MD: Liu XiaoLong/Liu Cheng vs Kang Jun/Tao JiaMing
MS: Cheng Long vs Tao JiaLe
3 vs 3: Hong Wei/Liu XiaoLong/Wang XiaoLi vs Kang Jun/Tao JiaMing/Dong YouRong.
WS: Juliane Schenk vs Wang ShiXian (Exhibition)
Somewhat unlucky for Liu Xin, I think, who had two linecalls against her for which she appeared visibly upset (the second one, the umpire actually overruled against her) and then there were at least twice luck of the net cord for WYH. In such a tightly contested match, incidents like these could have swung the match outcome the other way. Too bad, no linecall instant review system available in the CBSL.
Another thing is, the 11-point scoring system can also drain the players gradually, esp when it's closely fought and goes the full distance. In this instance, the two ladies were fighting tooth and nail playing at a frenetic pace, with the score showing little separating the two which was really the case.
Liu Xin's movement and court coverage as well as retrieving ability is exceptional, comparable to WSX's but unlike her, she is a bit more offensive, less reactive. WYH appeared reluctant to engage LX in long rallies and was usually the first to force the issue by going on the attack. If I hadn't heard wrongly, TXH was telling LX not to play long rallies too often but to take more initiative - upon reflection, that make sense to me as otherwise LX would end up mostly being dictated to by WYH and be forced onto the defensive more often than not,imho.
Goodness, Jiangsu would be better off sending their coach Li Yu to take on Chen Long. Instead, Tao Jiale, the younger brother of ex-XD player Tao Jiaming, ended up being 'murdered in cold blood' by Chen Long, 11-1,11-4. In the 2nd set, I suspect it should have been 11-0 if not for Chen Long's mercy when 10-0 up.
The WSX - JS match is the best of the day, thanks to Li Yongbo's arrangement, otherwise we don't get to see it as Xiamen had already won the tie 3-0 and the WS match was the 4th one.
In G1, the set was even until 7-all when WSX pulled away scoring two smash winners out of the next 4 points for an 11-7 win. In G2, WSX actually attacked a little bit more than usual, heartening to see but her offensive play over the months is only incremental, still room for improvement.
Juliane Schenk is one of the few foreign WS players that LYB holds in high regard for her physical, mannish style of play with speed and power (similar to Tine Baun). A pity she is retired but she said she will continue playing in the CBSL and other leagues when the opportunity arises. Personally, I feel she possesses the constitution to carry on until Rio'16 as she is now 'only' 31 years old, born 26 Nov 1982, and will be about 34 by then. Peter Gade, born 14 Dec 1976, was 35 when he played in his final Olympics at London Aug 2012.
LYB will announce the TC/UC line up today and CBSL Finals will take place on May 1 and May 3. Xiamen vs GaungDong Century City for the title and JiangSu vs GuangZhou for the third place.Live broadcast starts at 7:30pm, May 1 on CCTV5+.
The CBSL Final was contested between Xiamen Defang and Guangdong Century City (where LCW belongs to but due to sponsorship problems, he was dropped from the team) based on best of three team matchups. In the 1st leg, GDCC beat XDF 3-1 with Chen Long winning the only match for XDF against Tian Houwei of GDCC in two straight sets, 11-7 identical score.Notable is Liu Xin (GDCC) beating Juliane Schenk (XDF) decisively by 11-4,11-4, two straight sets in just 16 mins.
In the 2nd leg, GuangDong Century City again beat Xiamen Defang 3-1 to emerge league champion having won two of the three team matchups. In the MD, Fu Haifeng partnered old buddy Cai Yun for GDCC but they lost to Xiamen's Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan in straight sets, 8-11,10-12.Surprisingly, XDF rested Chen Long, who was revealed to have a swollen ankle in his previous match with Tian Houwei, and Juliane Schenk for unknown reasons. As expected GDCC's Tian Houwei and Liu Xin romped home in their respective matches against XDF's Lin Minying and Yang Chen respectively, both in two straight sets.You may check the full results here with the final played on May 1st and 3rd http://www.badmintonclub.cn/yy008/Cg...itionId=342Btw, 3rd place went to Guangzhou Huizhou Weihao who defeated Jiangsu Xiongwei Jiangshe 3 - 1. Both Wang Zhengming and Deng Xuan playing for Guangzhou beat their respective Jiangsu opponents Tao Jiale and Hui Xirui in three-setters.