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Thread: My thoughts on the AE so far.
03-05-2009, 06:51 PM #18
They were pretty much the only ones I paid much attention too. I saw XXF playing someone in very very lazy way. It seemed like XXF didn't think it was worth playing the person and beat her pretty easily.
I'll upload a couple of photos now (be warned, they're all terrible).
03-05-2009, 06:53 PM #19
03-05-2009, 11:43 PM #20
03-06-2009, 12:07 AM #21
03-06-2009, 06:14 AM #22
Sounds right, yeah. They were from Indonesia.
03-06-2009, 09:35 AM #23
I think what destricto said was spot on. IMO many of the MS games as a rule were quite boring: eg., BCL vs BCL, gong weijie vs chen jin, gade vs ng wei (the last because gade was just a class above).
What destricto said about the zweibler LCW game was right: zweibler is very similar in getting everything back (you can see this in his friench open game against ngyuen tien minh or against joppien on youtube). But it seemed to me LCW kept pushing zweibler on his backhand using a lot of flicks, and zweibler had quite a bit of trouble with this.
the taufik-smith game was ok. destricto is right: much of the blame goes to taufik's inconsistency. But I have to say (and I'm not english!) that I was actually quite impressed by andrew smith: he's gotten a lot better since I last saw him. But man, he needs to get rid of those terrible outfits.....
I was glad to see sho sazaki go through: he's so quick.
MD: this was pretty boring on the whole--most of the games were too quick--usually it was a case of one side being too strong or the other side just not being there mentally--eg., the japanese-danish game (a contrast with last year! ikeda was really disappointing this time around); the danish-german game; the chinese-korean game. The one game that was good ended prematurely--the danes against the malaysians because one of the danish players slipped and hurt his ankle badly--he was rolling about in pain and it looked nasty. I thought the fuzzies were really good: they looked quite worried for the danish player and one of them even picked the dane's racquet and put it away for him.
The highlights were really in the WS and XD, and there were many.
wang yihan vs zhou mi: 3 set game. I didn't watch much of this game but the third set was pretty exciting. WYH just kept pushing ZM and when it got to about 20-20 the fatigue really showed on Zhou Mi. There was one point soon after this when ZM was so tired she just stopped on court and let the shuttle fall--she was just too tired.
Yip pui yin vs wang lin: 3 set game. personally I felt the crowd rooting for YPY for 2 reasons: 1. the chinese women's singles team had basically won all day. 2. I think everyone just admired Yip's plucky spirit--she never gave up. the second set was pretty exciting, going 26-24 in Yip's favour. YPY was very quick, often getting to the net to reply to wang lin's drop shots with a neat cross court net shot of her own, usually pushing wang lin out of position. But then she would give her advantage away by making silly mistakes. In the third set I felt that YPY's deceptive jump-drops were becoming predictable, but it was still quite close the whole way.
Brosolat vs phy: 3 set game. Brosolat's slice drops just seemed to impossible for Pi to read, but whenever Brosolat tried something different, like a smash, the dane tended to hit it out. And once PHY started losing in the third game, she engaged in some psychological warfare by not returning the shuttle and taking her sweet time on court: which was fine, and brosolat retaliated by doing the same.
wallwork-white vs kristiansen-juhl: 2 sets. I'm not fond of the English but I thought wallwork was just brilliant in this game. She was quick, anticipated a lot. The English side spent most of their time attacking the weaker kristiansen and pressuring her, keeping the more dangerous juhl from getting the offensive. They didn't have to worry much: juhl played terribly when she had the chance (but she made up for it in her XD game against the chinese).
for me the top games were the XD games--because the underdogs played so well.
the indian-korean game: 3 set game. unfortunately it was going on quite far away from me but the indian male player had an unbelievable smash and he was very, very good at doing very fast flat drives. they fought every point and I think the koreans were quite surpised to lose 21-23. The second set the indians were really quite confident but the koreans pulled ahead. And the disappointment of losing the 2nd set really showed in the indian pair: both just seemed to lose their way and they lost I think 21-14.
limpele and russikh vs the British team of blair and bankier: 2 sets, but 6-24; 21-19! brilliant. Despite russikh getting called on her apparently high services several times--at least 5 times, I would say (and even the unflappable limpele seemed annoyed--he demonstrated on court to russikh how to serve!), this new team was brilliant. Russikh just got everything back and limpele was just too quick--he did a wonderful shot at the net which left the British running in the wrong direction! The British were good too: bankier was excellent at the net, often replying to russikh's netplay with her own netplay (instead of lifting), but I felt blair didn't do enough at the back.
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03-06-2009, 09:41 AM #24
oh yeah and what everyone else said about the yonex stuff: ugh, what a ripoff. You would think that they would reduce prices a little more but no go. The camera rule is idiotic, but if you are going to enforce it, do so: I saw so many people pull out their camera and take photos/film. the stewards spent much of their time telling everyone to put their cameras away. It was just silly.
03-06-2009, 10:00 AM #25
03-06-2009, 10:01 AM #26
The factory outlet was reasonably cheap. I got two tops for £30 total and then the All England shirt was £10 which is not bad. However, Shuttles and racquets were full price which is ridiculous.
03-06-2009, 10:07 AM #27
oops, the flandy-russikh game was 26-24, not 6-24....
03-06-2009, 10:10 AM #28
also I completely misspelled Russkikh's name....
03-06-2009, 10:24 AM #29
03-06-2009, 10:27 AM #30
Thanks ,No one and Destricto Ense(what a name! how did you coin it?) for your interesting and informative courtside reports.Do keep it coming.
Since you now know that camera owners outnumber the stewards, it's time to break the camera and video rule ,which are meant to be broken.
If the steward comes up to you, you can always point him in the direction of others with the flash or remind him he's blocking some spectators' view which would be even more offensive?
As for the video,use it! Don't AE organisers know you are helping them to maintain visibility and broadening the reach to the 'happening' netizen crowd of ?????(what's BC's population?) and counting.And doing all this for free and for the love of AE? (In Singapore,the interest in AE is not as high as before,that's why the silly Starhub cable TV decided to delay telecast the SF in favour of the boring Davis Cup.)
03-06-2009, 10:35 AM #31
thx 4 sharing experience.btw did u watch ,wong/chin vs china?hw mqas wd play?thx
03-06-2009, 10:39 AM #32
03-06-2009, 11:58 AM #33
I probably could write more but I better not....the lin dan vs bao game was weird. You got no sense of how good BCL actually is. I couldn't figure out if he had been ordered to lose the game, was nervous because he was playing against LD, or was just outclassed by LD. In any case, it was a rotten match, because Bao kept making mistakes--or relatively more than LD, who I don't think made any! My impression of LD this time was that basically, he's number one because he almost never makes a mistake on court. (in previous times when I've seen him play, it's his explosiveness which really struck me).
some other impressions: blimey, mainlanders looooooooove cai yun, fu haifeng, lin dan and BCL. when FHF and CY won a mass of mainlanders rushed over for their autographs. It was a bit unseemly. but that's unfair. I'd definitely go all girly if I came face to face with BCL or peter gade or pi honghan too.... When LD won they all called out but LD didn't come over, he just waved.
At one point, when the chinese were playing the danish, the chinese were screaming out Go china! 中国队，加油！and the danes were chanting in their language, and then the chinese started chanting 中国队，加油！in the same tune as the danes. Later, the chinese were playing the koreans, and the koreans started up with their national chanting, and I heard one of the mainland chinese say, "damn, I wish I knew what the koreans were saying....". Later, the malaysian fans started calling out, 马来西亚,加油！ (malaysia! jia you!). The mainland chinese started laughing (in good spirit).
the malaysian crowd was particularly loud when julia wong was playing against xu huaiwen (another good game). Actually, one time they were chanting Malaysia, buleh! the one guy calling out 'Mah-lay-she-ya!' to which every would yell 'buleh!!' changed it and said 'julia!' and everyone went 'buleh' 3 times, and he suddenly said quietly 'Julia! I love you!!' and the most of our side started laughing.
03-06-2009, 12:04 PM #34
sorry can't say much about the julia wong game because it was on the far side. It did strike me that xu huaiwen was getting pulled out of position a lot because she had to do a lot of desperate backhand clears--the kind where you just can't quite get behind the shuttle so you have to leap to the backhand and whip your arm quickly, but the result is you get a high backhand but it's usually half court.
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