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    Default ZYL/TQ: the end of the road?

    During HK Open I had the chance to sit by the courts where ZYL and TQ played. For the whole matches (2 of them), there was not a word exchanged, one physical contact and even eye contact between the two players. The only communication that happened was through the coach in the interval.

    this is not normal for those players who normaly give fives to each other and talk a lot (specially ZYL).
    it really look like they were is serious disagreement, but had to keep on anyway, perhaps because they are still the most reliable pair.

    someone have news about that?

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    with Olympics qualifying period well on the way, it is unlikely they will separate before Rio.

    sometimes it is just a matter of getting the job done and not having to be good friends. it was rumored that Ge Fei and Gu Jun aren't really great friends outside of the badminton court and they are one of the most accomplished pair in the history of badminton.

    as for after Rio, anything can happen!

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    I agree. The way I saw it, they were very professional, thinking about winning and not letting the feelings interfere.

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    ZYL hinted that this might be her last HK SS, meaning she may retire next yr..

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    Like I said in the HK Open tournament thread, they have known each other for so long, competing and training together, winning numerous titles as a pair, the coveted Olympics and the WCs - I really don't see any serious conflict between them.

    I mean some minor differences or the occasional misunderstanding is common in any long-term relationship. But I believe they are both mature and experience enough to know how to resolve whatever problem that might develop over time, and,most importantly, bear the big picture in mind. Better cherish each other as they are still the top favourite for another Olympic gold; my advice is, never take each other for granted.

    How many WD players would love to have either one as their partner. Remember the saying, even your tongue which is so close to the teeth gets accidentally bitten once in a blue moon. They still stay close together as they need each other.

    And, I repeat, Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei are like an old couple whereby no words are necessary, just a knowing look or a glance at each other will do, rarely do they need to talk much to each other during a match. In fact, in the HK Open WD final just now, I saw ZYL saying something to TQ only once throughout the match as shown on TV. And they duly won the WD title for the umpteenth time.

    Actually, at the court-side post-match interview, the pair was asked a question about how they maintain their rapport and mutual understanding, and ZYL's reply was similar to what I say here, that is, they've been together for so long, know each other so well, and suchlike.

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    Well of course they can't say otherwise! My impressions comes from watching from very close for two matches, it is not complicity. But I no concrete information to back those impressions.
    They don't only play together, they also live together, with the other team member. So we don't know what is happening there. What is certain is that they don't need to talk to win, and they are very professional and can play in those conditions and perform at their best level - for a time I would say.

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    What is the key to long lasting relationship?

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    For me, communication. But in many cases, one does not have the choice but to be in a relationship. Then things are different.

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    True. Communication is the key. Trust of course.

    I am very surprised this is happening to ZYL and TQ. They both seem to be easy to get along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcll99 View Post
    True. Communication is the key. Trust of course.

    I am very surprised this is happening to ZYL and TQ. They both seem to be easy to get along.
    Yes, trust, so important, more then anything.
    I might be wrong though. It is easy to misinterpret signals from people we don't know personally. Nevertheless, it was very strange to see this kind of avoidance. I'll pay attention in future tournaments, but on tv it is difficult to tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renbo View Post
    Yes, trust, so important, more then anything.
    I might be wrong though. It is easy to misinterpret signals from people we don't know personally. Nevertheless, it was very strange to see this kind of avoidance. I'll pay attention in future tournaments, but on tv it is difficult to tell.
    Rumour about ZYL and TQ parting company is rife on bbs badmintoncn for quite a while now.

    I think your interpretation is right.

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    If there's some truth to the rumours of their parting ways, I can only think of one reason, that is Tian Qing's waning form some time ago.

    But now that Tian Qing is back to her winning ways, particularly winning the WC again with Zhao Yunlei, followed by a couple other PSS/SS titles,including today's HK Open WD Final - I think whatever problems they might have can be set aside.

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    With Olympics coming i don't see them splitting up. They are the best in the business.

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    I really like this pair , esp in 2014 WC.. and wish they can get 2nd Gold in Rio 2016..

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    How has the Asian Games 2014 lost affected them?
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    There was a period where they did not play together, I think it was after the asian games.

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    Saw this on TQ fan page:

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    #Fight-Fight

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