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05-15-2004, 03:57 AM #1
NEWS : Koreans play down chances against China
Koreans play down chances against China
SOUTH Korea’s coach has admitted that his women’s badminton team have little chance of dislodging Uber Cup champions China and said it was a “miracle” his players had reached today’s final.
The South Koreans won a thrilling semi-final against Denmark on late Thursday thanks largely to the heroics of 18-year-old Lee Yun-hwa, who delivered both a singles and deciding doubles victory after being picked to play at the last minute.
But coach Kim Joong-su did not give his team much chance against the mighty Chinese, hot favourites for a fourth consecutive title, and said he had not expected his team to come through Thursday’s encounter.
“We think we’ll lose against China because China are very good,” he said.
“It’s a kind of miracle that we even got to this stage.”
He said he was not sure whether the exhausted-looking Yun-hwa would have the energy to play twice again after the marathon five-and-a-half-hour semi-final. “She’s very tired and she might not play twice on Saturday because she can’t force herself to play well,” Joong-su said. – AFP
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