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    What is the minimum heights needed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ants View Post
    Zhang Yawen is short around 4 feet plus.
    If she is 4' +, that is pretty short by any standard. I guess the operating word here is the Chinese team PREFERS tall players, but skill still prevails, as mentioned in previous responses

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryanne View Post
    If she is 4' +, that is pretty short by any standard. I guess the operating word here is the Chinese team PREFERS tall players, but skill still prevails, as mentioned in previous responses
    Yup! Gong Zhichao was not as tall as Zhang Ning, Xie Xinfang etc. In general taller competitors have a lot of edge. But who defeated Xie Xinfang last week? WMC! How tall is she?

    As for INA ladies... yeah, Susi and Mia was good enough to lead INA to 2 Uber Cup wins against Ye Zhaoying, Zhang Ning, & co. in 1994 and 1996...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryanne View Post
    If she is 4' +, that is pretty short by any standard. I guess the operating word here is the Chinese team PREFERS tall players, but skill still prevails, as mentioned in previous responses
    I agree. The physical build might give someone an edge during selection, but the racket still does the talk. I can see if down to the last 2 candidates, and 1 must go home, the taller one might win out. However, if a shorter player has a much better record than the taller opponents, she still has a safe spot in the team, just look at Gong Zhichao and Zhang Yawen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ants View Post
    Zhang Yawen is short around 4 feet plus.
    Are u sure? I would think she is at least 160cm. She might look shorter because her body mass is quite thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abedeng View Post
    Are u sure? I would think she is at least 160cm. She might look shorter because her body mass is quite thin.
    I think Yap Kim Hock is as tall as Zhang Yawen.

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    IMO.. shorter players is better suit for Doubles event.. They can control the front court with their skills. where else ,playing in Singles, u needs certain height to move around all the corner with the good footwork..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thiery View Post
    I think Yap Kim Hock is as tall as Zhang Yawen.
    Minus the hair, YKH looks shorter...hehehe!!!LOL!!

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    YKH is only about 168-170cm tall, if I'm not mistaken. Ng Boon Bee was even shorter, 165 cm I think.

    I remember one INA WD player, was it Lili Tampi, who was supposedly under 5 feet tall. But Zhang Yawen surely is much taller than that.

    Gong Zhichao plays quite similar to Susi Susanti's style, and had loads of stamina like Susi and Wong Mew Choo.

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