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Discussion in 'MVP Cup 2005' started by ants, Jul 15, 2005.
Badminton Inside Stuffs , so to speak.
The asuncions in the game
oh, i envy you too
how can you get yourself so close to them????
Partners in Crime Nathan/Robert Blair
LinDan with teammates after a match
Thank you for so many beautiful photos .I love them very much .
thanks ants , i love them too
wow...great pictures,ants!! thx for all this wonderful pictures!!
Robertson raves over Pinoy fans
7/19/2005 6:00:27 AM
ASK Nathan Robertson one reason why he would come back to the
Philippines to play badminton, and he will have a quick, short
reply: "The fans."
"I love them. They're crazy-but in a great way," says the 28-year-
old Briton, who got to see how crazy Filipino fans could get on
Thursday night, when he and longtime partner Gail Emms went up
against the country's best players, the siblings Kennevic and Kennie
Asun*cion, in the MVP Cup Asia vs. Europe tournament.
Robertson and Emms prevailed in three sets, but not after the home
crowd that filled the Philsports Arena in Pasig City-who also
endured the venue's lack of air conditioning-gave them an earful
trying to coax the Asuncions to an upset victory.
The lively Filipino audience is one of the things Robertson, one-
half of the world's best mixed-doubles team along with Emms, will
take away from his first visit to the country for the Ryder Cup-sty
le event held in honor of telecom tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.
Meanwhile, the native of Milton Keynes, a city one hour north of
London, is looking forward to a return-not just to Manila, but to
the Olympics, where he and Emms settled for the silver medal against
China's Zhang Jun and Gao Ling last year in Athens, Greece.
"We weren't very happy with that finish," Robertson says over lunch
at the Discovery Suites in Pasig City. "Maybe we would have won the
final, so now we're aiming for gold in Beijing [in the 2008
Olympics]. It would be nice to take it from them [Chinese] there."
Despite the Olympic setback, Robertson and Emms-playing partners
since they were both 15 years old-have an impressive list of
victories in the last 18 months. They are the reigning European, All-
England and Swiss Open champions, and were finalists in the Denmark
and German Opens.
"She's just brilliant," he says of Emms, who briefly left their
partnership to go to col lege, hooking up again in 2001. "She may
not be as good as the Chinese, but she's dangerous around the net
area. She's very aggressive and feisty, and she hates to lose-which
is the same for me."
But their long-term alliance isn't the only reason for their
success, says Robertson, the youngest of four children who started
playing the game at age 6-at a club once owned by his mother-and
turned pro at 16 after finishing basic schooling at Nottingham.
The dashing Englishman points to his badminton shoes made by Hi-Tec,
a British brand he has endorsed for the last nine years that entered
the local market in September and is catching on with Filipino
"They're good. They help me a lot," Robertson says of Hi-Tec shoes,
which were developed in Britain's indoor courts in 1974. "Seeing
that Asian players are normally lighter and faster than Europeans,
that gives them a speed advantage. The shoes help me cope with that,
and allows me to think my gam e over better than my opponents."
Hi-Tec, which has expanded into a global sports brand, has also
developed a golf-shoe line that Robertson-an avid golfer who holds a
10-handicap and hits the links at least twice a week between
badminton tournaments-also gives the thumbs-up.
"I got a free membership to a local club back home after the
Olympics, so I go there between events, and the shoes I wear [from
Hi-Tec] are just perfect for me," he says.
Still, Robertson's passion is badminton, so much that he doesn't
have a clear picture what he will do once he hangs up his racket. He
does say that if he cannot play for Britain when London hosts the
2012 Olympics, he would like to be a badminton commentator for TV or
just "get involved" with the game.
"I really have no definite plans. I have some investments in
properties in Bulgaria and Miami in the United States, but I'd like
to play for as long as I can," he says.
Besides taking care of his daughter Neve, 7, who lives in Milton
Keynes, what's clear for Robertson is that he would like to return
to the Philippines to play again in the MVP Cup, which he describes
as a "bonus" to the sport.
"I'd love to be invited back," he says. "The format is brilliant,
and it's one of the best events I've played in. There's always a
good crowd and a great atmosphere, and I really was surprised by it
in a good way.
"Besides, I don't think many of the players in the tournament have
been to the Philippines before, and I'm sure most of them would want
to come back," he adds.
Filipino badminton fans would also want Nathan Ro*bert*son to return-
so they could show how crazy they are for him too.
KOo and the Gang... everybody is feeling so hot.
Yao Jie Returning a Drop
Zhang Ning baseline
Yao overhead shot
I know zhang ning has lotta fans but she's taking this to a new level
Pi HongYan shot
Yeah she is like a big sister there. All of them was fanning her since the aircond of the stadium was swtiched off. The shot was taken after a set with Yao Jie.
During the event, All of them put aside their differences. All for a team the same goes to team Europe.
Pi Hongyan going to execute a shot
Had I not known who she is, I'd have guessed she's a tennis player about to hit a serve.
Won't be surprised if Zhang was actually giving him ideas on how the training and technique differs in China.
Picture #2 looked a lot like, "Shh... later, that annoying cameraman is at it again..."