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Thread: Lin Dan ( 林丹 )
03-19-2011, 02:18 PM #2007
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03-20-2011, 08:59 PM #2010
I didn't know that Lin Dan is also endorsed by Gillette... the endorsement figures must be astronomical...
03-20-2011, 09:10 PM #2011
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03-21-2011, 12:59 AM #2014
lol not to mention he has his own brand now... as well as the li-ning sweaters...
03-26-2011, 02:31 PM #2015
It appears that Lin Dan as lost a lot of the fluidity of movement that was one of his distinguishing characteristics of play. At the AE2011, he appeared to even struggle to move back to counter attacking clears; definitely sluggish.
Now that they have seen that he too is human and fallible, many other players will be lining up to shoot him down.
Maybe this suggests he will not be the force he used to be. Does anyone think there is a chance he may not even be in contention by the time the OG2012 rolls around?
Just my thoughts, don't crucify me!
03-26-2011, 02:41 PM #2016
03-26-2011, 02:47 PM #2017
Besides, the CBA may decide not to shield him from the opposition, just to ensure that they have the best players available by way of natural selection for the OG2012....
03-26-2011, 05:05 PM #2018
03-27-2011, 08:07 AM #2019
Just take a look at the video here. And note the difference of footwork between 2 players. LD footwork did not look sluggish at all, especially against players other than LCW. It's always the opponent that struggle like the video show above(both in GO and AE-been watching LD since QF).
MY suggestion to those who claimed that LD did not play with a passion or appeared slow in the AE to do some indepth match analysis.
For starter, I found that LCW have had more variety in his shot selectionw when he was pushed to his deep forehand corner(weakness of Right handed player). Making LD very hard to read his play early and injecting pace. LCW used to give the control away once he got pushed late into his forehand corner, but it seems that he has done some homework this time.This was only one of the more obvious change in their game, feel free to dig out the other more subtle differences in LCW/LD's play(after all the video is available for downloading/streaming).
But I will say again, no, LD was not off form in AE. I am sure LD will be much more prepared come this Sudirman Cup/future tournament.
While I am at it, I will reveal a little more. Marc Zwiebler was able to took the second set from LD in semifinal due to Marc being able to read LD's attack in the middle of second set. LD probably thought that Marc was just an easy meat(can't blame him, LD trashed marc in KO 2011 which was aslo where Marc got his experience to play against LD) and carry on with his attacking play. At one point you can see that Marc was jumping to the correct other half of court before LD even did his cross court smash. And March proceed to put pressure on LD's forehand defense which seem a little bit slow on that day. Oh, tell you what, I was surprised to see LD throwing tantrum on court(not sure if TV captured this, I was sitting opposite to LD when he did this), albeit a mild one.
In the third set LD changed his tactic and concentrate his play more on net which is why you didn't see alot of smash winner on the third set. It worked but fans were actually complaining that LD's play did not have the explossive smash and passion it used to be. Lack of match preparation was more like it. I can assure you that LD did not study MArc's play thoroughly before the play. But then again, can't blame him though. After all, who will have thought that the reigning World Champion will lose to a German player? Who in the right state of mind will put their chips on MArc who got beaten by LD 2 months ago in KO?
03-27-2011, 08:20 AM #2020
haha lcleing i couldn't agree more. however, there's one point i want to make, that because of that really dynamic (i mean SURPRISING dynamic) play, lin dan was caught several times off guard because of a slower, more technical pace. LCW was really firing those smashes every where, and combining them with several dropshots, really cost LD several points. one question, you go to all of these matches and see LD fo real? man i envy you so much. In china and not even see LD in the flesh.....
03-27-2011, 08:40 AM #2021
I agree that LD was caught offguard at the start of second set. He totally did not expect LCW to have such a reserve of fitness left after a tough first game.
I only managed to watch AE from quater final onwards to final, met LD in person too in a Malaysian restaurant. However, he did not want his photographs to be taken. I downloaded all the German Open videos which was played by LD and tried to copy some of his strokes. Not having much success in copying him up until now I must confess .
03-27-2011, 08:56 AM #2022
yes it was a rather strange. LD who usually has the dynamic play was playing it slow (slower then usual against LCW) and LCW was really playing it powerfully, and really getting LD offguard. haha i try to do that, but since im right handed its not easy wow really met LD in restaurant... you are unbelievable!
03-27-2011, 10:53 AM #2023
It's easy to look good and fast and strong when your opponent is a notch below you in all-round capability (no offense to Marc Z ) and I don't mean to imply that LD has completely lost it, either! But against top class opposition (the only type that counts in the end) he appears to be much more vulnerable than ever before. Is this a ploy? I think not. If there was a consistent glitch that I noticed, it was that he struggled to get to the baseline quickly enough to be in position for a return smash that could set up a point for him. His readings of mid-court exchanges too were suspect; notice how many times he either hit the bird out of the tramlines, or into the net? Combine these and you know you have a problem?
I have seen a few LD games sadly, going to 3 sets, that shouldn't have. If someone suggests that he is doing this just because he is bored, I can only say that at the level they play, these players do not want to exend themselves on court more than they really have to. So, what does that tell me? It tells me that all is not as well as it used to be.
Can he correct it? He is a champion; I suppose he can if he wants to. Will he? I think I'll hold on to my money.
By kwun in forum China Professional PlayersReplies: 1832: 08-15-2013, 12:06 AM