Unless you know the player's regular style of play in MD, then @Cheung is merely pointing out that some people do not smash, even when given a juicy opportunity to do so. I for one absolutely hate it when my opponents get a juicy weak lift, yet play the game of attrition until they can literally stand at the net and watch whilst I am forced to commit to the net or rearcourt (and hit the stroke I didn't commit to of course). Plenty of the older players especially do this, and as a younger male player, it reinforces the experience > physical thing. Finally, I've played far too many XD games where the woman has a stronger defence than the man. In fact, at my level it's endemic - the male is generally who I prefer to smash at, not because the female is weaker, but because im much more likely to get a favourable reply by dropping/clearing to women. The female's strength of speed of netplay and racquet technique tends to lend itself to a faster/counterattacking defence.