But there are also others who did high 5s and encouraged each other.
Kanta and Lee Chia Tsin was strange to each other in the 1st game. But in the second game, they started to cheer with each other. Their opponent Lee Cheuk Yiu is friendly towards her partner. That's a good sign. Also glad to see He Bingjiao and her Sri Lanka's partner getting along well with each other.
Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Day 1: Mixed Doubles Steals the Show
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - Text & Photos by Dev Sukumar
Badminton broke new ground at the Youth Olympic Games today with the celebration of a transnational spirit in Mixed Doubles.
The talking point of the opening day was the final session, in which singles players of different nationalities paired up for Mixed Doubles. This format, held for the first time, was a hit with the participants, coaches and spectators.
Alida Chen (Netherlands), who won her opening Group A match with Andraz Krapez (Slovenia), said she had fun playing with a new partner from another country.
“In the beginning it was weird, but after we settled down we could communicate well,” she said. “We’d practised together once and that helped.”
Her coach Robbie Kneefil added that there was an atmosphere of friendliness in the Mixed Doubles.
“This is special; it is good for the Olympic spirit,” Kneefil said. “We practised with her Slovenian partner yesterday and we could make a good connection. As a coach, I offered my suggestions to him too. This will lead to greater friendship among participants. I think the players are looking at this as a fun event and treating this in a friendly spirit, while in the singles there is greater pressure to perform.”
Among the pairs that got off to a sound start were Ruslan Sarsekenov (Ukraine)/Akane Yamaguchi (Japan); China's Lin Gui Pu and Korea's Kim Ga Eun (BWF home page); Mek Narongrit (Thailand)/Qin Jinjing (China); Dragoslav Petrovic (Serbia)/Liang Xiaoyu (Singapore) and Dipesh Dhami (Nepal)/Busanan Ongbumrungpan (Thailand). With most of these pairs playing together for the first time, the players looked tentative at times, but for the most part they appeared enthusiastic and keen to help each other.
Other winners included: Kanta Tsuneyama (Japan)/Lee Chia Hsin (Chinese Taipei) over Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hong Kong)/Magda Konieczna 15-21 21-8 21-15; Cheam June Wei (Malaysia)/Ng Tsz Yau (Hong Kong) over Wolfgang Gnedt (Austria)/Sabrina Solis (Mexico) 21-12 21-9 and Australia’s Daniel Guda/Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan (above) over Devins Nestar (Congo)/Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark).
Earlier, two upsets in Women’s Singles caused a stir in the day’s proceedings.
Sri Lanka’s Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa (left) made light of her vastly inferior ranking to Mia Blichfeldt and surprised the Dane in straight games before Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia Hsin beat China’s Qin Jinjing.
Hendahewa, ranked No.59 to Blichfeldt’s No.11, kept Blichfeldt under pressure throughout with her retrieving abilities. The Dane grew increasingly frustrated as Hendahewa’s sharp strokes found their mark with accuracy and the Sri Lankan eased to a 21-18 21-15 win in Group A.
“This is my best result,” Hendahewa said. “The experience of playing in the Commonwealth Games recently helped a lot. My next match is against Akane (Yamaguchi). She’s very experienced and I just have to try my best.”
Qin Jinjing’s loss in Group C to Lee Chia Hsin was just as big a surprise. A semi-finalist at the World Junior Championships, the ¾ seed lost a close first game and then was totally outclassed in the second, 21-19 21-13.
Qin’s compatriot in Men’s Singles and title favourite Lin Gui Pu struggled in his Group H opener against Chinese Taipei’s Lu Chia Hung. Lin started strongly and appeared to be coasting to an easy victory, but got erratic when holding a lead in the second. The second seed sprayed his shots wide of the lines, helping his opponent equalise at a game apiece.
However, the World Junior champion fired himself up once more in the decider and shot off to a 7-0 lead and even though Lu staged a belated challenge, Lin overcame his nerves at the end to seal the win: 21-15 16-21 21-15.
Compatriot and top seed Shi Yuqi got a walkover in his Group A opener, while other strong contenders, like Vietnam’s Pham Cao Cuong (above), Malaysia’s Cheam June Wei, Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama and Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu cruised through in straight games.
Just saw the repeat telecast of the opening ceremony (missed the live show at 4 am) yesterday - what a spectacle, awe-inspiring. It's just the Youth Olympics and CHN,Nanjing, put up a phenomenal, truly exceptional display; even Gillian Clark commentating was gushing in her praise of it.
HBJ heaves a sigh of relief, winning the 3rd 21-3. J Lais lacks inner belief and allows HBJ to recover and regain her confidence for a run-away victory in the decider.
I guess homeground is seldom an advantage to CHN's top players, more of added pressure, sometimes crippling. Akane Y , however, often appears to me a cool cucumber, I'd fancy her chances here highest; perhaps, the surprise package is TPE Lee Chia Hsin. Busanan in terms of strength is just as good if not better than Akane but she tends to underperform at the junior level. Qin Jinjing is another disappointment at the junior level.
INA's Anthony Ginting Sinisuka [3/4] and Ruselli Hartawan cruised through their opening matches in straight-sets. Anthony should secure a rematch against Kanta Tsuneyama [5/8] for a place in the last 4 on Wednesday. The H2H between these 2 players is 1-1. Anthony beat the Japanese quite easily in the WJC 2014 (21-13, 21-5) to avenge his equally straight-forward loss (13-21, 15-21) in the AJC 2014. It's also quite interesting to see them facing each other in the QF stage of every important junior tourney this year. I believe PBSI is targeting a medal from Anthony.
Meanwhile, Ruselli (Mei Mei) will square off against Ruthvika Shivani G. [5/8] for a place in the last 8. That will not be easy and I guess Mei Mei's target will be to hopefully secure a QF spot against (most likely) the World Junior Champion Akane Yamaguchi.
The surname Lai is Chinese and she looks Chinese. Maybe her parents were from Malaysia or Singapore. Quite a number from these two countries migrated to Australia, especially from MAS.
Many Chinese parents would like their children to learn Mandarin or Chinese as commonly known, though they may also speak to their children in their mother tongue or dialect, such as Cantonese or Hokkien.
If Joy is seen to be speaking to her Chinese partner, it is very likely to be in Mandarin as it seems unlikely that her partner speaks English.
Well, the last day of group stage match, who'll advance into quarterfinal round?
Shi Yuqi (CHN) v Max Weisskirchen (GER)
Cheam June Wei (MAS) v Aditya Joshi (IND) or Pham Cao Cuong (VIE)
Kanta Tsuneyama (JPN) v Anthony S. Ginting (INA)
Lee Cheuk Yiu (HKG) v Lin Guipu (CHN)
Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) v Ruselli Hartawan (INA) or Ruthvika Shivani G. (IND)
Lee Chia Hsin (TPE) v Kim Ga Eun (KOR)
Ng Tsz Yau (HKG) v Busanan Ongbumrungpan (THA)
Clara Azurmendi (ESP) v He Bingjiao (CHN)
Ruslan Sarsekenov/Akane Yamaguchi (UKR/JPN) v Mek Narongrit (THA)/Qin Jinjing (CHN) Lin Guipu (CHN)/Kim Ga Eun (KOR) or Cheam June Wei (MAS)/Ng Tsz Yau (HKG) v Lu Chia Hung (TPE)/Lee Ying Ying (MAS)
Kanta Tsuneyama (JPN)/Lee Chia Hsin (TPE) v Shi Yuqi (CHN)/Joy Lai (AUS)
Anthony S. Ginting (INA)/Katarina Beton (SLO) v Sachin P.D.Angodavidanalage (SRI)/He Bingjiao (CHN)
So far, to be frank, He BJ has been unimpressive. Born in Suzhou, Jiangsu province where Nanjing is located, she seems to be feeling the intense pressure in front of her home crowd and unable to play to her standard, making lots of simple errors.I've a feeling we might not see her in the final, let alone win it.
In her half of the draw, I'd rate Busanan's chances considerably higher. In the other half, Akane Y remains the hot favourite, with Lee CH, Ruselli H and Kim GE all having fighting chances, not necessarily in that order though I'd think Lee CH has a slight edge over the last two.