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    Quote Originally Posted by CantSmashThis View Post
    Are they idolize each other?
    Anyway, they are like sister and little sister

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    Hmm... just wondering what everyone thinks.

    I think that Ma Jin is the single best female mixed doubles player at present. Probably just edging in front of Liliyana Natsir. It really is a pity that Ma Jin does not have a male mixed doubles partner that is equal to her talent and intelligent badminton brain. I mean, Xu Chen? Come on.... the guy is all brawn. Can't think on his feet, not particularly good defense. One heck of a smasher though. Not quite sure why they were paired up.
    Interestingly, Liliyana also does not have a partner of equal standing either.

    No doubt that the current world No.1 is Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan, who will most likely take OG2012 gold, but player for player, I think that Ma Jin is ahead of Zhao Yunlei.
    Christina Pedersen whilst a strong and thinking player also, still does not seem to have the mental fortitude yet. She could still mature further in the lead up to OG2012 and be more of a threat though.
    Wonder what China BA ppl, particularly Zhang Jun and LYB are thinking. Can't they put one of the one of the better male doubles players with Ma Jin? He Hanbin may be ideal, though hardly hear anything about the fella these days. Otherwise, it's a real waste that someone of her talent and skills can't go any further up the rankings because of a lack of suitable playing partner.

    Anyone else got any suggestions?

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    Actually i think tat there arent much strong male double's player in the china squad. he hanbin is nt really strong enough in smashing, and others seems a bit weak oso. zheng bo is actually much better, i think, n ma jin is better when paired up with him actually. bt undoubtedly, ma jin is a really good double's player, n if she hav the right partner whether in women's double or mixed double, she will definitely shine and mayb win the whole thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by echo17 View Post
    Actually i think tat there arent much strong male double's player in the china squad. he hanbin is nt really strong enough in smashing, and others seems a bit weak oso. zheng bo is actually much better, i think, n ma jin is better when paired up with him actually. bt undoubtedly, ma jin is a really good double's player, n if she hav the right partner whether in women's double or mixed double, she will definitely shine and mayb win the whole thing
    ma jin actually first came onto the scene playing women's double partnering the bomber wang xiaoli...but the coach split them up and partner wang xiaoli with yu yang after a few tournaments.

    in mixed doubles, ma jin was initially paired with zhengbo and there was once when she was scolded badly on court by him and she broke into tears after the game ended...poor thing. another possibility would be to pair her up with tao jiaming.

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    Yeah la, Ma Jin won last year's world championship with with Zheng Bo, and also finished runners-up in the women's doubles with Wang Xiaoli. Their opponents that day were Yu Yang and Du Jing, who has since retired with injuries I think.

    I think Tao Jiaming plays regularly with Tian Qing, right? They don't seem to be doing too badly, although I don't think Tian Qing is in Ma Jin's class actually. Not that she's bad since Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei also usually runnersup to Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli.
    So maybe LYB just prefers to keep Tao Jiaming with Tian Qing.
    But I still maintain that it's really a waste to not pair Ma Jin up with someone else other than Xu Chen.

    Wonder what about players like Hong Wei or Shen Ye. Or even the younger Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan?
    Maybe Chai Biao? although from what I can see of his game, he's probably not much better than Xu Chen. Also may be a little bit mentally suspect.

    Too bad I'm not in China squad.... otherwise, I volunteer to partner her! She can lecture me all she wants like how she always seems to lecture Xu Chen. Hahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alana07 View Post
    in mixed doubles, ma jin was initially paired with zhengbo and there was once when she was scolded badly on court by him and she broke into tears after the game ended...poor thing. another possibility would be to pair her up with tao jiaming.
    i know zhengbo had a messy personal life bt dun know that he was also nt a really great partner. really hope that she can do better in 2012

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    I feel they should persist with this pairing for some more time. After all, they have got decent results. They are #2 ranked in the world. I do think XC needs to grow up and mature quickly, but if he's not given the chance and shown faith, how will it happen?

    If you begin switching partners now, it's like starting all over again, waaay down the ladder. it is up to the coaches and management to help with XC's approach and performance. MJ has given a lot to this partnership; its time XC is made to do likewise.

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    Fantastic performance from Ma Jin in today's Korea Open final. Hope she continues her fine form towards the Olympics!! You go girl!

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    Ma Jin was amazing. Her defence was never better and net play put HJE in all sorts of trouble. Has to cut down on those annoying screams though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madbad View Post
    Ma Jin was amazing. Her defence was never better and net play put HJE in all sorts of trouble. Has to cut down on those annoying screams though.
    Some ppl may find those screams a big turn-on!

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    question: does anyone know how tall Ma Jin is? Can't seem to find it anywhere lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JukUx View Post
    question: does anyone know how tall Ma Jin is? Can't seem to find it anywhere lol
    167cm or 5'6" in old money

    http://badmintoncn.com/cbo_star/star_300.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
    Then Chen Xu must be 7' tall...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
    Nah, can't be... her forehead is at tape height when she stands next to the net. She must be about 5'2" to 5'3".

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    Blown away by Laybourn and Juhl, the Danish XD pair. Straight games.
    Bad day at the office for Ma Jin who couldn't impose herself during the game.
    Xu Chen pretty lost as usual.

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    Xu Chen always seems to be the weak link in the pairing.. even the commentators mentioned his wrong choices of shot

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