Damn

Unfortunately, my greatest fear has come true. Malaysia, yet again, has lost in the semis of the Thomas Cup. I wrote a similar rant exactly two years ago when our team lost then (which was unpublished, so you wouldn’t find the colourful language I used then).
As it were, it did come down to the final match between the 3rd singles. Kuan Beng Hong has been put into the limelight, but failed to take control of this opportunity. And, as I expected, he lost. No only did he lose, he lost to a *lower-ranked* player. I’ve never even heard of his opponent, Joachim Persson. It’s also not because of experience, because Beng Hong is 23 while his opponent is 22.
This is a perfect example of the lack of dependability of our players. It simply does not matter who they play against in a crunch tie – whether it’s against a player who’s ranked lower, or against someone who’s playing with a blindfold. We – expect – to – lose! Mentally, when it comes down the wire, we’re just crap.
Our points came from the most unexpected of sources – our doubles. Our doubles were not expected to win against the Danish doubles – they are more experienced. However, they produced the results we needed to push the tie to the deciding 3rd singles after our 2 singles lost. Lee Chong Wei, of all people, lost in straight games. This I had expected him to win.
Damn. I’m starting to ramble. I’m sitting on the floor with the laptop on the floor as I type this. I’ll gather my thoughts, scream a wordless cry of anguish in the shower, and begin to think happy thoughts.
Like work.
[WAIL!]


3 Comments

  1. hai… damn sad. i thought msia might beat denmark. and i always regarded chong wei as one of the most consistent player.. hmm…tough luck

  2. direstraits

    Hey, thanks for your comments, Alex! I had thought we’d beat denmark too, but I hadn’t counted on the fact that Choon Hann would get injured. However weak Hafiz is mentally, he cannot possibly lose to either Persson or the player whom Persson replaced in 3rd singles.
    But Choon Hann did get injured, and Malaysia has no backup plans. Well, they did, but a lot of good that did them.
    I’ll come out and say that Beng Hong is indeed showing up in his first Finals, and he did good. However, it’s evidently not good enough. All we can hope for is he learns his lesson, takes his training seriously to take over from the seniors when they retire.

  3. direstraits

    Hey, thanks for your comments, Alex! I had thought we’d beat denmark too, but I hadn’t counted on the fact that Choon Hann would get injured. However weak Hafiz is mentally, he cannot possibly lose to either Persson or the player whom Persson replaced in 3rd singles.
    But Choon Hann did get injured, and Malaysia has no backup plans. Well, they did, but a lot of good that did them.
    I’ll come out and say that Beng Hong is indeed showing up in his first Finals, and he did good. However, it’s evidently not good enough. All we can hope for is he learns his lesson, takes his training seriously to take over from the seniors when they retire.

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