This is going to be so interesting. You just never get a chance to see the top singles players really duking it out with the top doubles players. It's just such a different game with different strategies and skill sets that it's hard for players to play both successfully.
You look at Tennis, the top teams in doubles are upset all the time by scratch pairings of two random singles players who teamed up at a tournament for the hell of it. You don't see that in badminton at all. It speaks to the depth and the difference between singles and doubles in badminton versus tennis.
I wonder who will be the front man and who will take the back =).
Inconsistency problem after doing well in IND GP Gold last month?
The main focus for today's final day should be rare clash : Lin D/Lee CW v Cai Y/Fu HF
Could not see any of his matches in Lingsui. Base on what I observed in the Indian GPG his coach may be adopting a new style of play for him, one of patient rallying and accurate placing to out manoeuvre his opponent to create smashing opportunities in contrast to the speedy- attack style we saw in Australia and NZ last year. My 2-cent is that he is still trying to adapt to the new style.
The Taipei pair was always leading in the 3rd deciding set !! But it seems they got hard luck and suffered from few critical mis-judgement** ....cos after the match finished, i saw the Taipei coach approached the services judge to express something ...(need to clarify that later, cos i can only interview the winners at the mix zone)
** I talked to the Team Manager Hunter Jaw...he told me in the 3rd set after 13-13, the service judge gave a total of 5 services fault to the Taipei at the critical moment!! totally unfair....while none fault given to China especially they observed their services much more higher then the waist !! He observed that the winner china pair both feel embrassed for their "Victory"........and one of them later apporached the Taipei pair to "apologise" !!
I admit, the match wasn't as exciting as I was hoping it to be. Fairly lack luster in the rallies played, though it is an exhibition and perhaps they don't want to injure themselves. Lin Dan I think by far lacked energy out there, LCW was doing his part to spice things up.