02-25-2008, 06:56 PM #596
This one from nst :
NST Online » <A class=blu href="http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Section/index_html?mysec=Sport" target=_self>Sport
Badminton: Situation critical for national pairs
By : K.M. Boopathy
Koo Kien Keat (rear) and Tan Boon Heong should not underestimate unknown pairs.
THE inconsistency of Malaysia's doubles pairs was yet again blatantly exposed, and alarmingly this time by South Korean scratch pairs, in the final of the Thomas Cup Asian Zone qualifying round in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
Malaysia may have emerged champions but Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, if they hope to be a power in the Beijing Olympics, and World No 14 Zakry Latiff-Fairuzizuan Tazari, if they are harbouring any hopes of making it to Beijing, had better pull up their socks quickly.
Malaysia eventually won the tie 3-2 but this was after Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann and Hafiz Hashim capitalised on Korea's weak singles line-up.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong have, on numerous occasions, shown their tendency to lose to lesser-known opponents and it happened again on Sunday when they lost to Jung Jae Sung-Lee Jae Jin in three games.
The Malaysian pair must stop the habit of treating unestablished pairs lightly, failing which they might end up paying a heavy price in major events.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong will start the defence of their All England title in Birmingham a week from today and their path could be strewn with land mines starting with Japan's unpredictable Shuichi Sakamoto-Shintaro Ikeda, who dumped the Malaysian pair from the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur last year.
But what is more alarming is that Kien Keat-Boon Heong's pathetic habit could blow any chance Malaysia has of winning gold in the Olympics, and national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky has to start drilling into his top pair to stop the showboating and get serious.
As for Zakry-Fairuz, they looked more like victims of over-confidence against Hwang Ji Man and Park Sung Hwan and paid dearly when they took Sung Hwan, more a singles player, lightly.
Lack of focus and commitment have bugged the pair, especially Fairuz, and if they don't buck-up, their chances of qualifying for Beijing could go up in smoke.
No one knows for sure, but if there is problem persisting in the Malaysian camp, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and head coach Yap Kim Hock must act fast to douse it as the Olympics are only five months away.
On a happier note, the women - except for the semi-final loss to Japan - put in some polished displays and qualified for the Uber Cup finals on merit when they finished third.
BAM must continue exposing the women and who knows, they could surprise with a semi-final showing in the Uber Cup in Jakarta in May
02-25-2008, 08:03 PM #597
LOL...with nothing worth discussing here, its interesting how ppl now focus on the high-fives and make it into a big issue....
02-25-2008, 08:28 PM #598
kinda reminds me of sepak takraw, where the players always hold hands when they get a point or when they lose a point. the same gesture for both occasion. so maybe the highfive was not meant to be celebratory but merely encouraging each other. and gesture mean different things to many people. highfives are universally known to be celebratory but some people have been known to use it in a different context.
02-25-2008, 08:38 PM #599
02-26-2008, 12:37 AM #600
02-26-2008, 09:52 AM #601
02-26-2008, 02:27 PM #602
And yes, they are scratch players and that's no doubt, even if they are good player by itself, but it shouldn't be better than 2 good players that paired together for a long time. Especially PSH, it is obvious that he got into wrong position many times but the Korean still managed to win the game.
Anyhow, congrats Malaysia for winning 1st place and hope they will do the same in the TC final.
02-26-2008, 03:51 PM #603
02-26-2008, 06:41 PM #604
Very good effort in id-ing the people...
..hcyong, you pretty much had everyone correct for the KOR squad..
For the JAP squad, Yu Hirayama should be the one on the far right. I don't know who is the gal standing next to Ms. Maeda.
Bottom row, should be KM, Ms. Suetsuna, Ms. Masuda and then Ms. Akao...and then of course, everyone's, @ BC, fave..
yannie, (where is that young lady), mind filling in the rest of the forgotten ones..
and event should be able to id the KOR squad players, even coaches/managers, with a blink of an eye..
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02-26-2008, 06:43 PM #605
02-26-2008, 06:57 PM #606
(top left to right) Coach, Park Joo Bong, Miyuki Maeda, Kaori Imabeppu, Eriko Hirose, Yu Hirayama
(bottom) Kaori Mori, Satoko Suetsuna, Tomomi Matsuda, Aki Akao, Reiko Shiota, Kumiko Ogura
02-26-2008, 07:03 PM #607
The one beside Lee Hyo Jung is probably Kim Moon Hi.
But where is Hwang Yu Mi? I thought she was in the squad?
02-27-2008, 12:27 AM #608
02-27-2008, 03:08 AM #609
about park sung hwan,i think he did have a future in doubles.what is his age actually?Thats can be a factor.
Like how Wch n Th got potential in doubles.i mean they played doubles n then,win...
That sounds good.But they are too late to be 'juniors' in doubles
02-27-2008, 03:22 AM #610
Not every singles can play doubles.not every doubles can play singles
but that does happen.
Psh can play doubles quite well.
n kkk can play singles with a confidence.he had never played alone on court in international stage.but in certain time,i can see him played alone after let tbh stand n see his game.thats good but quite dangerous.it can affect both
of them.He need to learn when to play alone.
n about creating unexpected pairs,ask Koreans.
they did very well.i mean really well.
Not many of their doubles in world top 10 but when we are talking about producing good doubles,korea rocks man!!
02-27-2008, 03:23 AM #611
Conversion from singles to doubles is always possible, Tian Bingyi, Christian Hadinata and Tan Yee Khan were all very good singles players.
Conversion from doubles to singles is probably not possible, the closest I've seen is Razif Sidek and Park Joo Bong. Razif won the Commonwealth Games bronze and Park was runnerup is Korea Open once, losing to Misbun. Too much space to cover, just look at how Lee Yong Dae got confused .....
I thought PSH played decently in doubles, though I agree WCH is better. Then again, WCH started in doubles until Commonwealth Games 1998.
02-27-2008, 03:33 AM #612
have u ever seen kkk played as single?
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