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Discussion in 'Asian Games 2014' started by CLELY, Sep 22, 2014.
Kim/Kim win the first game.
China has enough depth at men's singles. Tian Houwei is up and coming and just needs more experience. Tian Houwei is exactly where Chen Long was at Chen Long's age - a top 15 player who needs more experience and consistency before he becomes a top 5 elite player.
China has never had depth at men's doubles. Cai/Fu were the exception but as you can see now, the lack of good men's doubles players is a problem that plagues China.
Quite unusual and a bit sad that CHN still have to call upon their semi-retired stalwarts LD and CY/FHF to do duty on the big stage. I'm sure they 'd love to just continue playing for the love of the sport than to stress themselves up like that in such unpalatable situations.
Lin Dan waving as the camera pans on him.
Earlier as seen on camera, Liu Xin appeared happy just to be here though only as a seat warmer; same goes for Tian Houwei I guess.
LD is not semi-retired. He's the forthcoming OC 2016...
It's the same as the last years: China dominates all disciplines, except for men's doubles.
(Domination doesn't mean you win EVERY games and championship, but 80% of them or so...)
I'm very surprised Korea chose Kim/Kim instead of world champions?
Either Kim/Kim got to play because of their higher world ranking or either Ko Sung-hyun or Shin Baek-cheol are injured.
A 3-setter will surely stretch the two old warriors to the limit - advantage KOR.
The Chinese uncles are struggling for pace.
I consider Lin Dan as semi-retired when compared to what he was before, not training as hard, not as dedicated and fully into the sport, and still actively engaging in all sorts of commercial and leisure activities as frequently reported in the Chinese media. Just an opinion.
The fault called by the umpire is too late as so many shots have already been played.
Ko/Shin produced uninspiring performance against JPN #2 MD, Kamura/Sonoda.
A nerve-wrecking, intensely fought battle all the way....but the edge is with KOR it still seems.
Why isn't bwf streaming the team matches via youtube?
Anyone have a good link?
And we get a decider !
Well, the Olympic Champion Cai/Fu forced rubber set, grabbed game 2 with 21-18.
The question is whether CY/FHF's bodies can hold in the 3rd set - mind over matter, sheer willpower is all they've got left.
My guess is BWF is not involved with this event. It explains why there is no Hawkeye. But I am just guessing.
How's Gao Huan feeling, what's going on in his mind ?