Thread: Lee Chong Wei ( 李宗伟 )
05-20-2007, 02:11 AM #188
I have never considered CHN MS to be superior to LCW, PG, TH and now Boonsak in terms of skills. What CHN MS has been riding on is CONFIDENCE. So if the top 4 non-CHN MS can mix up their play right from the start to prevent or delay CHN MS from getting into cruise mode early, their confidence will slide. Once that happens, CHN MS would not be able to play their badminton.(That's why CJ lost to KL of Singapore.KL has improved but he won because he basically disrupted CJ's normal play to the point where CJ doubted himself.)
The past records don't count anymore with the SS. 6 SS titles and CHN MS bagged only 3, when they hold 5 of the top 6 WR? That's way short of expectation based on WR. Maybe with 3 of the remaining 6 SS in home ground, the fortunes might change but I doubt so. I see CHN MS not only going downhill but disintegrating. Of course I may be wrong.We'll see.
05-20-2007, 09:01 AM #189
Thank you Ants for the nice photo. LCW is now back and playing aggressively like a "Harimau" (tiger). Another thing that I noticed is that he wore his collar up just like Zhao Jianhua. Maybe Zhao JH is LCW's idol!
05-21-2007, 04:29 AM #190
05-21-2007, 05:06 AM #191
LD won more titles than others just because team-mates helped him in "clearing paths". LD will sure win when both CHN players make to the final because LYB decides the winner. Can u name a tournament when LD beat a non-CHN player in the final?
XXF, two-time World Champions and 3-time All England Gold Medallist, must thank ZN in "eliminating obstacles". I notice many occasions when one of them fell in early round, the other will follow. When one made it to final, so did the other. Either both or none of then made it to the finals. So coincident!
For MAS, LCW can do much better if team-mates like Hafiz and KBH can catch up and be among the top players.
Same to other countries like INA, DEN and even KOR.
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05-21-2007, 05:16 AM #192
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05-21-2007, 05:34 AM #195
i think I meant Chelsea fans aren't liked by any other team, and Chelsea are disliked for trying to vbuy the Prem, - a lot of Chelsea fans just jumped on the bandwagon with Abramovitch... that's what I was comparing OneToughBirdie's love for Chinese MS players to - supporting success.
05-21-2007, 05:53 AM #196
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05-21-2007, 08:45 AM #199
Again, this is natural for an older player
Look how Taufik has become more defensive and plays a more containing game compared to eg how he played Arby in '99
LD is not going to be able to play a young man's game forever - all that smashing and diving takes its toll. Not a necessarily worse game - just different - his skills will get better as he gets older and his pace will drop off, but that's natural. Be interesting to see how he adapts
LCW has a pace-based game - great. But again, he'll have to find other ways of playing when he gets a bit older... might actually be easier for him to adapt as he never had any real killing weapon and is more an all around player
05-21-2007, 09:19 AM #200
05-21-2007, 09:26 AM #201
don't worry, LCW is still the fastest
Need to get Tan Chung Seang and Kuan Beng Hong playing more high pressure games [HH hasn't got the desire and WCH is a bit old now] Lim Kenn/ Liew Daren also look like decent prospects - throw them in in some Surdiman Cup games, it'll pay off in the long run.
05-21-2007, 12:41 PM #202
How you wished MAS send those younglings and feature them in Sudirman Cup... so England might steal a vital point in MS which is the deciding point and MAS gets delegated. MAS have work so hard to earn a promotion to play in the elite group. NO no no... MAS should send those younglings to more tournaments, not necessary to SS, those satelite ones and Grand Prix ones are good enough. ;p
05-21-2007, 01:28 PM #203
England-Malaysia we need the points from our women: Hallam isn't in form and is anyway old so she'll struggle to beat WMC - last year, it would have been a different story. Emms/Kellogg vs your pair, there's very little in that but we can win it - men's doubles we have no chance, men's singles... well, Andrew Smith is our best player, but he's not very popular with our association so might find himself dropped. I think he wouldn't trouble LCW at all: I mean he got raped 11 and 5 against YKB. Basically, he has an inflated ranking and there's no way he's got enough to take down a top 10: bear in mind when he got a set from Lin Dan in TC, i'm not convinced LD really worked hard. He's tactically unsound and if YKB figured him out, so can any player in the top 100.. sadly, we don't make singles players... they're just 'mooks' - quick around the court, hit the shuttle hard but no brain - a computer program with one setting which can be figured out. Robertson/Emms will win so that's 3-2 Malaysia assuming the WD win and Hallam loses.
You're badly overestimating the England men: Blair/Clark are no match for KKK/TBH - in the Commonwealth games a scratch pairing of Wong Choong Hann and someone else took them out... Again, overranked - and I suspect LWW/CTF could also beat them easily. If you wanted to have fun, you could try Chan CHong Ming/ Hoo Thien How: that would be fairly even. So in my book you have 2 points in the bag as long as you play your first or second men's pair and any one of your singles top 5 except possibly HH. We could probably guarantee the mixed, which means the other 2 are the interesting ones. Pessimistically, I think Hallam will lose - WMC is very good.
So it could be done: but Yap Kim Hock won't take the risk because it'd be his job if it went wrong.
...LCW playing means I have split loyalties: He is my favourite player so I'd probably support him... on the grounds that it is one of your 'certain' points: but if it was really close, I'd feel guilty supporting him against my country. Leave him out, and I can cheer for all our team [and sleep through WD!Lol]
05-21-2007, 04:46 PM #204
I'd say this is a pretty accurate evaluation but a pretty obvious one too. We dont have to look far, just look at the previous Commonwealth games, its always been a women's contest between our two nations. Malaysia will win it 3-2 or 4-1. But if i had to pick one, i'd say the WD are the ones to watch. Hard to say who'd take this match with both pairs raising their game lately. WS, I think WMC will walk all over Hallam. I havent seen Hallam played in any SS so far whereas WMC is in outstanding form especially in the recent IO. I wonder what happened to her.
Ps.. why would you say Andrew Smith isnt popular with BOE?
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