In the badminton Uber Cup final held in Bangkok, Thailand on the 14th, the defending champion Chinese women’s team fought hard for nearly 7 hours and lost to the South Korean team with a total score of 2:3. Previously, the Chinese men’s team missed the semi-finals in the Thomas Cup and tied the worst record in history.
Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, May 14th Question: Guoyu disappointed everyone and prepared to adjust the men’s singles coach – Zhang Jun, chairman of the Chinese Badminton Association, summed up the Tang You Cup
Xinhua News Agency reporters Ji Ye, Lin Hao, Song Yu, Ding Wenxian
In the badminton Uber Cup final held in Bangkok, Thailand on the 14th, the defending champion Chinese women’s team fought hard for nearly 7 hours and lost to the South Korean team with a total score of 2:3. Previously, the Chinese men’s team missed the semi-finals in the Thomas Cup and tied the worst record in history. Regarding this report card, Zhang Jun, chairman of the Chinese Badminton Association, admitted in an exclusive interview with a reporter from Xinhua News Agency that the overall performance of Guoyu has disappointed everyone, especially the men’s singles, which is still far from the top level in the world. The next step is to adjust the men’s singles coach.
Talking about Uber Cup: It’s a pity
At the start of the Jupiter Cup final, Chen Yufei reversed and won with an ankle injury. However, Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan, the world’s No. 1 women’s doubles pair, were overtaken by world No. 2 Li Shaoxi/Shin Seung-chan. Then He Bingjiao regained the lead for Guoyu in the second singles, and the South Korean team equalized again in the second doubles. In the third singles match, Wang Zhiyi failed to withstand the pressure and finally lost.
Zhang Jun said: “Today’s game is very tangled. We are actually going to play the fifth game, because it is very difficult to play against the Korean team every time. Their singles and doubles strengths are very balanced, especially doubles.”
Zhang Jun first praised Chen Yufei, believing that the Tokyo Olympic women’s singles champion showed a tenacious fighting spirit in the face of adversity, especially after the ankle sprain, he tied the tape and continued to fight without any hesitation, “(seeing this scene) My eyes are also red, her will to win glory for the country is very worth learning from our other players, especially the men’s team.”
Zhang Jun said frankly that in this final, it was a pity that the “Fanchen” combination failed to win, “because they played very smoothly in the first game, and they were reversed by the opponent in the second game with an 8:2 lead, which revealed that they were in When the tailwind ball suddenly gets stuck, there is still a gap in how to adjust it as soon as possible.”
“First of all, I still have to say sorry to the fans all over the country. I’ve let everyone down. We are still determined to win the Uber Cup. We will not find any reason (for the loss). I think there are still shortcomings from singles to doubles.”
Talking about the soup cup: Adjusting the men’s singles coach
In the quarter-finals of the soup cup, the Chinese team, dominated by young players, lost to the Indonesian team with a total score of 0:3 and missed the semi-finals. Regarding this worst record in history, Zhang Jun said bluntly: “The performance of the entire men’s team has disappointed everyone. In fact, the young players of the men’s team have been training for a while, especially the men’s singles, such as Li Shifeng and Weng Hongyang, who have also experienced some competitions. The loss in the quarter-finals, I think, is due to my own reasons, and there is indeed a gap in strength.”
At present, the men’s team is in the transition stage between the old and the new, especially the men’s singles. After Lin Dan and Chen Long, there is an urgent need for a high-level new generation. Zhang Jun said that Guoyu men’s singles coach needs to make adjustments in the future to find more suitable candidates for the men’s singles.
Talking about Paris: Regrouping
There are still two years before the Paris Olympics. Zhang Jun said that the next step is to determine the team’s style of play, so that everyone can rebuild their confidence.
He said: “Everyone knows that after 2019, our team basically did not go abroad to participate in 2020 and 2021, and only participated in the Tokyo Olympics and the Tang You Cup and Sudirman Cup at the end of last year. After Lin Dan retired, Chen Long In the case of getting old, the past two years should have been the time for our young players to practice, but they have not been trained in these two years, and there are few confrontations with high-level players.”
For the men’s team, Zhang Jun believes that it is urgent to sort out his ideas and find a way to restore his strength as soon as possible. For the women’s team, he admitted that in previous European competitions, some players were infected with the new crown virus, and there are still some problems with physical functions. Next, Guoyu will carefully study and judge between competing overseas and returning to China for training.
Zhang Jun said that the world’s badminton players are rising together, but the growth of the young players of Guoyu is not satisfactory. “The impact of the epidemic is only one aspect. I think it is mainly our own problems. Next, we need to work hard to improve our physical fitness and skills and tactics.”