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02-24-2008, 09:35 PM #528
Although I have seen some improvement in Fairuz, I still see a lot of inconsistency in their play. I am coming to terms with the fact that it is something that you cannot rush -- I have learned that players don't just become good. It is a lot of hard work practicing to be perfect (or at least consistent). Hence, my comment that LWW-CTF is still be be relied on in the Olympics, not the two youngies (it is too soon to expect too much from them).
02-24-2008, 09:40 PM #529
02-24-2008, 09:44 PM #530
Forgot to comment on the MAS girls performances.
Very heartwarming, to say the least. Much like the TC teams of 1986-1992 and 2002. Players from different camps (BAM and KLRC) combined very well together despite not much training together, and compensate for losses to key players.
Major credit to Julia Wong for keeping a clean slate. But it was still a scrappy match vs Kaori Mori. At least she and WMC have big gains in mental capacity at critical moments.
Youngsters need to have a steep learning curve, Lydia and Goh especially.
Not hoping much, but I expect them to holdout for a fighting performance in Jakarta.
02-24-2008, 10:19 PM #531
02-24-2008, 10:25 PM #532
02-24-2008, 10:27 PM #533
02-24-2008, 10:27 PM #534
i stayed up till 3 am this morning to watch the delayed telecast of the thomas cup match between malaysia and korea. i must say korea was the real winner in that match. only LCW had no problem in his match.
KKK/TBH was all over the place. shots keep hitting the net. defense seems a bit weak. they were affected by the bad shots, unforced errors. and all this against a scratch pair. not saying that korea was weak because they have very good players who are capable of playing with different partners and all. but really, it was a big disappointment to me.
next up, WCH. he won straight sets but not convincingly. the second set showed the youngster giving a good fight. korea must be happy that they have a very promising young player.
second men's double. again. huge disappointment. and more embarassing against a scratch pair that includes one singles player. what a shocker. both zakry and fairuz was not calm enough to play their game and got pushed into making mistakes and giving easy points to the korea. defeat in straight sets was humiliating especially against a pair that does not even have a ranking.
hafiz might have clinched the winner but he was playing like he was training. understandably he might have thought lee young dae was easy meat but the result showed that lee gave a good fight too. hafiz might have not played to the best of his ability but i see him play like that against other well known player too. so if that is true, that is not very promising indeed when we come up against the likes of indonesia and china.
korea was indeed the winner since :
1. they prove that when push comes to shove, they could rely on all their players (in case of injury or anything) to go against higher ranking players such was the case in the malaysia vs korea match. and if they had put their best singles in play, malaysia might have lost that match.
2. they get to keep the level of their strength a secret since they did not field the best combo against malaysia. china and indonesia will be left guessing a bit and frankly korea have been known to do very well in team events due to their high team spirit. and showing that even an understrength combo could give malaysia a good fight, they are saying that they can be a lot stronger than that.
i really hope it was a strategy of some sort by the malaysian camp to show weakness so that we will be underestimated but somehow looking at the players' faces yesterday, the panic and the frustration looks so real. boon heong was not even smiling in the pictures after the matches ended. if this is the case, thomas cup is as good as out of our hands.
02-24-2008, 10:28 PM #535
02-24-2008, 10:38 PM #536
02-24-2008, 10:41 PM #537
From the trophy presentation photo (thanks to whoever posted it), I notice that the only one not enjoying himself is TBH. That is part of his weak-mindedness. Enjoy the present. Do the best for the present. The past cannot be reclaimed. And the future will come no matter how you feel now. Also, Rexy is not there. Maybe only the chief coaches are present.
02-24-2008, 10:43 PM #538
02-24-2008, 10:53 PM #539
02-24-2008, 10:57 PM #540
I can't name all the Korean & Japanese girls in the photo (see bottom http://www.badmintonforum.com/vb/sho...=52597&page=29). Can someone fill in the blanks or correct me?
(top left to right) Coach, Lee Kyung Won, Lee Yun Hwa?, Hwang Hye Youn, Jun Jae Youn
(bottom) Coach, ... (Ha Jung Eun, Kim Min Jung, who else)? can't tell one from another, Lee Hyo Jung
(top left to right) Coach, Park Joo Bong, Miyuki Maeda, Yu Hirayama, Eriko Hirose, ?? (singles or player?)
(bottom) Kaori Mori, Aki Akao or Tomomi Matsuda?, AA or TM?, Suetsuna, Reiko Shiota, Kumiko Ogura
02-24-2008, 10:59 PM #541
Conversely, during their playing days, Razif and Jalani were not always on speaking terms out of court. But they were always as one in training and on court.
02-24-2008, 11:02 PM #542
02-24-2008, 11:03 PM #543
MAS seems to be never learnt from the past mistakes, not even a great doubles coach as RExy can do anything from that...
OngBT/SooBK to Cheah SK/SooBK & Cheah/YapKh all never really gets together among themselves.
This suppose to be a good lesson, sad to see Koo/Tan following their footsteps
Be realistics.. MAS will NEVER WON'T anything BIG with this kinda partnership
02-24-2008, 11:03 PM #544
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