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Thread: Lee Chong Wei ( 李宗伟 )
03-13-2012, 10:40 AM #7634
Let s compare. How many 3+ year term WR1 are there? How many OG champions are there?
03-13-2012, 10:41 AM #7635
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03-13-2012, 10:53 AM #7636
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03-13-2012, 03:25 PM #7637
Also, he not retired earlier means the younger generation got the chance to watch him play hence more people/different generation would remember him. So, it's wise to expose yourself longer and often to keep you fresh......good marketing (Else I bet won't be that many people buying his book lah)
03-13-2012, 03:31 PM #7638
Ya la, of course better can get both. But real life isn't that perfect, you win some, you lose some. Can win some is better than nothing......unlike some other players, no money, no ranking, no good health (due to injury), no fame (people may forget them as soon as they retired)
03-14-2012, 03:03 AM #7639
I really hope LCW wins the OG this year, as a means to further justify his greatness and display it on the biggest stage to prove that his badminton is better than anybody elses when it truly counts. Lin Dan has proved that more often than LCW throughout his whole career. LCW's 4 YE no.1's is very impressive and worthy of very high praise indeed, but some will disregard him as a true great of the game unless he can win a couple more huge major championships. I don't think the same would be said the other way around - being no.1 for some years but winning only a few majors. If the world no.1 is not winning the most big champs then it somewhat devalues the no.1 status, in my opinion.
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03-14-2012, 06:43 PM #7640
Being number one doesnt dissipate the mental pain subsiding within him knowing he cannot beat his greatest nemesis one the biggest stages, the psychological implications of those losses even though he trains harder than anyone else must be one of the most unbearable things.Taufik won so many majors even though he wasnt wr1 and he didnt need to be.It is more rewarding to go into majors with low rankings but consistently win them so they can rub it into the wr1's, media detractors etc.Im pretty sure financially hes doing as well if not better than lcw even though he is not wr1.
In the end fans of other sports would be interested to know what are the majors in badminton and who has won them. Just like tennis for most of us, we are not going to care nor remember who won some dubai masters unless we follow it hard... We want to know who won the french open etc... Or like in cycling, who won tour de france.... Swimming who won the WC or olympics....
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03-14-2012, 09:37 PM #7641
I'm impressed with LCW's performance in AE2012 Finals against LD
He's injured and never smash hard... he played more with control shots but still end the first game 19-21. He's really good that he can survive without smashing hard.
03-14-2012, 10:09 PM #7642
03-14-2012, 11:58 PM #7643
It's all good that he can use his speed and power to overwhelm lesser opponents, but it just showed what a bit of guile, calmness and strategy can do to LD during the AE finals.
Just look back at those tournaments pre 2008 where he gave LD so much trouble such as AE06 the HKopen etc.... his technical ability allowed him to exert far less energy and stress on his body than he's doing today which is severely wearing him out.
03-15-2012, 12:20 AM #7644
what is meant by Open Era in badminton? when did it begin?
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03-15-2012, 03:25 AM #7645
As for Lendl, of course he's considered an all time great even though he never won Wimbledon, as he won 8 Slams and reached 11 other finals as well as winning Year-end Championship renditions 7 times. In tennis, the Slams win and in badminton the aforementioned win.
This would give Lin Dan 10 - 11 elite major MS victories and LCW 2 (2 AE).
Badminton recently has a year-end championship which is potentially a supremely elite tournament due to the selectivity and quality of the entrants, but it seems to not have quite lifted off yet.
I agree that all 4 can be considered greats in the Open Era. LCW being world no.1 for 4 years is a MASSIVE achievement.
03-15-2012, 09:11 PM #7646
03-15-2012, 11:11 PM #7647
03-15-2012, 11:47 PM #7648
"Open, Modern Era" in badminton
I would consider the "Open Era" in badminton as the period when the All-England, then the unofficial world championships, was "open" to players from all over the world.
The AE was initiated by England as a "closed" tournament and British MS players, principally from England and Ireland, dominated from its inception since 1900 to 1937. Please refer to the following list:
In 1938 Jesper Bie of Denmark was MS runner-up and countryman, Tage Madsen took the MS title in 1939.
The "Open Era" came soon after World War II in 1947 when the AE was resumed after a long war-related break from 1940-46. Prakash Nath of India took the MS silver medal in 1947.
The AE turned international and the floodgates then opened for Asian players to dominate the scene.
In 1949, American neurosurgeon, Dave Freeman, shocked the then Malayans, who won the first edition of the Thomas Cup, when he easily beat Ooi Teik Hock 15-1, 15-6 to become the only American to take the MS title. But thereafter the Malayans, who were well-represented by Wong Peng Soon (4 titles) from Singapore and Eddy Choong (4) from Penang, defeated all opposition from 1950-57.
The Danes then took over the mantle from 1958 when Erland Kops was the undisputed champion who won 7 times, despite the strong challenge from Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand.
In 1968, the great Rudy Hartono of Indonesia made his international mark by becoming the AE champ when he was still a teenager I believe. Only compatriot Tan Joe Hok preceded him in 1959. Rudy went on to win consecutively till 1974 and again in 1976 against teammate Liem Swie King. His nine-year run was only broken in 1975 when Svend Pri of Denmark defeated him.
Rudy's eight AE titles in this "Open Era" is still a record, although some have argued that Lin Dan's recent AE win to make it five so far for him, is better.
Some have also said that Rudy's period belongs to the "Stone Age" which I differ. If ever there is a Stone Age in badminton it should belong to the "closed door" period when the AE first started and remained closed for Europeans and Americans only and where the equipment was rudimentary.
Rudy's era can also be considered the "Modern Era" as well when the "power game" was more dominant than the more defensive "cat-and-mouse" strategy. The big attacking smash was very much in Rudy's armoury to be further enhanced by compatriot Liem Swie King later. And the equipment was modified to suit the power game better.
The one noticeable thing missing during Rudy's reign was the absence of China's participation because of politics. But China, during that time was perhaps not as dominant as they are today. Famous names such as "The Thing" and his Chinese counterparts who emigrated to China from Indonesia because of politics again, were older than Rudy and had limited exposure in international badminton.
So Rudy Hartono still stands very tall in modern world badminton.
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03-18-2012, 01:51 PM #7649
Foresight from the backhand King
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03-18-2012, 04:30 PM #7650
He should improve his strokeplay and tactics, then he can beat LD.
When LD puts top gear into play no one can match his speed. LCW needs to slow him down and frustrate LD into errors. No easy task given LDs strong mentality.
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