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Victor Korea Open Super Series Premier 2011 – Mens Doubles Finals

January 30, 2011

I was excited to see the mens finals between Lee Yong Dae & Jung Jae Sung vs Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen prior to the match.. I expected to see a hard fought game and somehow it didnt live to my expectations.

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Lee Yong Dae & Jung Jae Sung were playing with their fans behind them while the Danes are the current World No. 1 coming into this game. The Koreans were not playing a very aggresive game while the Danes were doing most of the smashing. Unfortunately for the Danes, their smashes didn’t have the sting to win points or if you look at it in the other side, the Koreans were good at defending. Not only were they good at defending, they converted a defensive play to an attacking one which helped them win the game.

On top of that, the Danes were making mistakes which was suprising to me as when you are World No. 1 you should not make these mistakes in the finals. Not to say the Danes were playing a Malaysian pair in their homesoil with 5,000 fans shouting at their backs… I guess maybe the Danes were tired coming into the game.

The Koreans won the 2nd consecutive Korean Super Series 21-6, 21-13 in 33 minutes. We hope to see more of them this year..

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Victor Korea Open Super Series Premier 2011 – Womens Doubles Finals

January 30, 2011

The womens doubles in the past year has improved so much.. They are playing more and more like how the men plays doubles. What I love about the finals is the way both Chinese pairs play on the attack. It reminds me of how we used to play 😛

The finals this time around is between no other than the 2 best pairs in the world. This is the second time these pairs are playing each other this year (2 tournaments so far). Zhao and Tian took the Malaysia Open 21-12 6-21 21-17.


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[CHN] Qing Tian [8]
[CHN] Yunlei Zhao

Wang Xiaoli & Yu Yang took the first game 21-18 but it was no easy game.. both teams were intercepting the drives in the front of the court and both of the pairs were trying to keep the ball as low as possible.

In the second game, Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing took 44 minutes to take the game. The final rally of the game was so exciting as Wang and Yu were attacking during the entire rally till there was one point whereby Yu  and Wang managed to smash their way to the front of the court. In a different day, I bet they would have won the point but today, Zhao and Tian managed to an amazing job to defend that front court smash to win the point and game 21-19. From what I hear from the commentator, there were 216 rallies in the game which is a tournament record.

The 3rd game seems to be going Wang Xiaoli & Yu Yang’s way as Tian and Zhao seem to be looking tired in the game. Wang and Yu have changed their game to a more positive approach as they have been attacking throughout the first half. They lead 11-2. In doubles, the team which attacks or creates more attacking play will win it.  It is hardly you find women doing jumping smashes, and the only few you’ll see smash like that is Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang.

What I love is the way Wang and Yu complements each other whereby on the attack, whenever the back person smashes, the front partners hands are always up waiting to follow up with a half court return of the oponent. Their attacking ways paid off when they took the final set 21-4. It was an easy win and it was a great game to watch..

Congrats to Wang Xiaoli & Yu Yang!

Victor Korea Open Super Series Finals – Super Dan vs Chong Wei

January 30, 2011

The battle of the titans begin this year when Lee Chon Wei takes on Lin Dan in the mens singles finals.. There have been a few tournaments where Lin Dan pulled out at the last minute to avoid playing Chong Wei (Malaysian Open).

This time around, they meet in the finals where the winner will take home USD 90 grand.

Chong Wei easily defeated Du Pengyu of China 21-10, 21-10 in 34 minutes in the semi-finals Saturday.
No trouble at all: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei returning a shot to China’s Du Pengyu during their men’s singles semi-final match at the South Korea Open on Saturday. Chong Wei won 21-10, 21-10. — Reuters

Source: The Star Online

In the other semi-final, Lin Dan, the Bejing Olympics men’s singles gold medallist, had a tougher time against Simon Santoso of Indonesia before winning 23-21, 20-22, 21-15.

Lin Dan wasnt playing his best in the Semi’s against Simon and I think that was a tactic by Lin Dan to conserve his skills n energy for the finals. From what I see, Lee Chong Wei looks very fit and he has improved so much in the last couple of months in confidence. I think Lee Chong Wei will take this game.. What do you think, Malaysia Boleh?

FYI, Lin Dan has won 17 of the 24 games he has played with Chong Wei.

China Open Super Series 2010 – Semi Finals Review

December 4, 2010

Straight after the Asia games, we have the China Open Super Series.. For this tournament it looks like China has dominated the tournament. Out of 10 Semi’s matches, China has a player in each category except the second semis of the Men’s doubles which is an all Korean affair.

In the womens singles, we had the 1st upset where Wang Shixian ranked 3rd in the tournament defeated the top seed Wang Xin 21-18  & 21-16. The game was pretty exciting to watch as both players were battling neck to neck for each point. Wang Shixian covered the court pretty well and she played some superb net plays during the game. The game lasted for 48 minutes and there were many good rallies which has a good variety of net play, smashes and some good defending..

In the women’s singles finals, I would hope to see Wang Yihan vs Wang Shixian play. Both players are young and play with great energy hence it would make it a lovely finals to watch. Dont you guys think that Wang Shixian is the Maria Sharapova in badminton? 🙂 she screams each time she gets a point and her gestures during the shout is similar to Maria Sharapova..

Am watching the next game which is another all Chinese affair between Chen Jin and Chen Long.. Cheng Long had a walkover in the quarter finals when Lin Dan pulled out due to an injury.. In the first half of the first set, it looks like a tight game where both players are trying to control the game.. Chen Long looks sharper and I love his cross court smashes which has been giving him a couple of points already.. He leads 11-9 in the first set.. Well I think Chen Jin will take the game in 2 sets if he starts to attack.. We’ll lets see if my predictions come true..

*Oh man.. looks like Chen Long won the first set 22-20.. Chen Jin was leading 20-18 and failed to finish the game.. I still think Chen Jin will win it..

What I’m looking forward to is the men’s doubles between Lee yong Dae/Jung Jae Sung ranked 4th vs Yoo Yeon Seong/Ko Huen Sung ranked 7th. I think the 4th seeds will take the semi’s and take the championship too.. In the quarters, the beat China’s top pair Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun 21-19 19-21 21-8 in 1 hour 7 minutes. Lets see if the Koreans can end the year with a bang. 

 Well to all those who want to catch the games online LIVE from Justin TV and Sopcast.
Here’s the timing and the match schedules for ya’ll badminton lovers..

  1. Starting at 12:00 PM WS
Shixian Wang [3] [CHN]
[CHN] Xin Wang [1]
21-18 21-16 0:48
   2. Followed by MS
Jin Chen [3] [CHN]
[CHN] Long Chen [5]
     
   3. Followed by XD
Nan Zhang [5] [CHN]
Yunlei Zhao [CHN]
[MAS] Peng Soon Chan
[MAS] Liu Ying Goh
     
   4. Followed by XD
Tao Jiaming [CHN]
Qing Tian [CHN]
[CHN] Hanbin He
[CHN] Jin Ma
     
   5. Followed by MS
Chunlai Bao [8] [CHN]
[CHN] Pengyu Du
     
   6. Starting at 7:00 PM WS
Yanjiao Jiang [4] [CHN]
[CHN] Yihan Wang [2]
     
   7. Followed by WD
Jin Ma [CHN]
Qianxin Zhong [CHN]
[KOR] Jung Eun Ha [8]
[KOR] Kyung Eun Jung
     
   8. Followed by MD
Chieh Min Fang [6] [TPE]
Sheng Mu Lee [TPE]
[CHN] Biao Chai
[CHN] Nan Zhang
     
   9. Followed by WD
Pan Pan [5] [CHN]
Qing Tian [CHN]
[CHN] Shu Cheng [2]
[CHN] Yunlei Zhao
     
   10. Followed by MD
Jae Sung Jung [4] [KOR]
Yong Dae Lee [KOR]
[KOR] Sung Hyun Ko [7]
[KOR] Yeon Seong Yoo
 

16th Asia Games 2010 – Men Doubles Badminton Finals (Khoo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong vs Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan)

November 28, 2010

The Men’s Doubles finals was another highly anticipated match as it featured the Olympic champion Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan vs Malaysia’s world No. 1 Khoo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

The word no.1 pair were in top form leading up to the tournament while the Indonesians were not really having the best of years due to injury. Coming into the Finals, the Indonesians played one of their best games of the year by beating the Korean’s Jung Jae Sung / Lee Yong Dae 21-15, 13-21, 21-18.

Khoo Kien Keat / Tan Boon Heong however were defending champions and were looking to capture a gold medal for Malaysia. The game started well where the Malaysians won 21-16 easily. It looked like the semi’s game took a toll on Markis and Hendra..

Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan

Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan in Action (Photo by Getty Images)

Asia Games Badminton Men's Doubles Finals

Asia Games Badminton Men's Doubles Finals (Photo by Getty Images)

What I love about the Indonesians is that they never gave up. They re-focused, pushed themselves and started the second game in a more aggressive mode.. The game was fun to watch towards the last few points as both teams were saving match/game points from each other. It was nerve wrecking to watch as the Malaysians had 2 match points which the Indonesians saved. Markis/Hendra managed to squeeze and win the game 26-24.

The final set went the Indonesians way 21-19. Markis and Hendra were overjoyed with the win as it was their biggest win of the year. Overall the Malaysians played their best however they were unlucky in the second set to win. The Indonesians however had a steady Markis who played a superbly in by making up for the mistakes Hendra was making. Hendra wasn’t playing his best game however he did show some of his brilliance during bits and pieces of the game.

Markis Kido & Hendra Setian Celebrating the moment

Markis Kido & Hendra Setian Celebrating the moment (Photo by Getty Images)

Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan celebrating with their coach

Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan celebrating with their coach (Photo by Getty Images)

Asia Games Men's Doubles Champion

Asia Games Men's Doubles Champion (Photo by Getty Images)

Check out the video’s from youtube:
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Here are some quotes from both teams:

To me, I feel that the Malaysians really must shine at the big events to make a stamp in the major scenes.

“We didn’t have much preparation for the Asian Games but we proved we can still be among the top pairs in the world,” said a delighted Setiawan, who along with Kido, have been training on their own since the split with PBSI.

“They played well and were more daring than us. They took their chances well,” said Boon Heong.

Kien Keat said: “We gave it our all and it’s disappointing to settle for silver. It should have been better. But overall, we do not regret with the way we played in losing the match.”

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Lin Dan’s interview after winning the Asia Games

November 28, 2010

Didnt know Lin Dan does quite well when it comes to answering the media. I guess he has been well trained to answer serious questions on his game, his gestures & his relationship..

Lin Dan showing his gratitude to his fans

Lin Dan showing his gratitude to his fans (Photo by Getty Images)

He seem to be humbled by his winning and he did show respect to his fans and Chong Wei too 🙂 Will he really retire after 2 more years? Well I guess the Olympics is his next goal.. Then only I think he’ll get married and produce some future little super Dan’s in the future.. 

To sum it up, Lin Dan is a great character on and off the court.. There are some others too who are great people with the press such as Taufik Hidayat and Peter Gade.. There is so much I can talk about Taufik as he’s another really fun character.. howeevr We’ll talk about Taufik soon 🙂

Enjoy the Press Conference peeps.. Again do follow me in Facebook or Twitter.

Shuttletalks – RCL Gold No.1 Shuttlecock review

November 27, 2010

I owe this post to RCL who was so kind to send me the RCL Gold No.1 shuttles a couple of months back for me to try it out. Sorry that it took so long ya as I’ve been super busy with work and family 🙂

Cost of badminton has incrased so much these days. The rackets, strings, shoes, clothes and shuttles have all increased thru the years. Comparing to tennis, squash, table tennis and other racket games, I honestly feel that badmiton is becoming the most expensive racket sport to play. What I find most expensive among other badminton equipment is the shuttles. As when we compare to years ago, the game today is becoming a faster and more aggresive.  Saying this, what do I look for in a shuttle these days are based 3 things: Firstly the durability of the shuttle, secondly the cost and finally the flight.

Tried the premium RCL shuttles before this and knowing that the Gold No.1 is a lower grade shuttle, I found this a good avenue to put the shuttle to the test. What we did was at the first time of trying the shuttles, we tried to start out with some slow rallies in the game. One thing we notice throught out the rally that there was no difference in speed. After a few points (5 points), we notice that there is a slight speed change to the shuttle. The shuttle was still steady but it started to slow down slightly. Comparing to the other brands of shuttles in the same grade, to me this was slightly longer lasting for rallies in the 5 points. We continued to play on by having a variety or lobs and chops, as we went on, the shuttle started to change its form and speed in the next 7 points or so. We continued playing to test the durability of the shuttle with the same techniques and it only lasted a couple of points more.

Moving on, we tried shuttle No. 2. This time around, we tried it in the doubles games where there were loads of smashing. We tried smashing as much as we could for each point and we could estimate a total of 6-8 smashes per point. The shuttle did manage to last for at least 7-11 points which was good for a shuttle in this grade. The speed changed when we kicked in the 4th point onwards.

The overall flight of the shuttles was good however in 1 tube, there were 1 or 2 shuttles which had a different speed. The durability of the shuttle didnt last as long as the premium shuttles, however for the value you are paying for the shuttle, I think its value for money. Overall durability is slightly above average however it depends alot on the style of play. The more you slice the RCL Gold No.1 the faster it gets out of shape hence I recommend that you have the right hitting technique to get the most out of the RCL Gold No. 1.

I’ve been using this shuttle ever since I’ve tried it out a couple of months back and so far its been doing good for me. I’ve managed to buy this shuttle below RM 50 from some friends who own shops. For a shuttle of this grade, I would rate it above average 🙂

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