Well, I’m excited again. And what else could it be but badminton!!! πŸ™‚
Anyway, I was working the whole time Malaysia played South Korea, but thanks to a nice find, I was able to follow the results of the game while working my brains out in the office.
Early thoughts: Choon Hann retired from his second singles match, conceding when he was leading 10-6 against his Korean opponent, a match I fully expected him to win. However, I don’t really know the cause for his retirement in that game, but it can only really mean one thing: injury. This is purely conjecture on my part, I don’t really know for now, but it does spell bad news. The semi-finals will see them against Denmark, and without Choon Hann we really would bite the dust in the third singles. Beng Hong cannot compare with whomever they have for their third singles, and I fully expect the tie to go down the wire.
You know, as I’m writing this, I keep thinking to myself whether I should really explain the whole thing to my international audience (yeah, the two of you) in case they don’t know what I’m talking about. A quick one then: Thomas Cup competition is a competition that pits the best badminton players from various countries in a tournament. Each tie between countries is played in a best of 5 matches, and the matches are in the order of:
1. First Men’s Singles
2. First Men’s Doubles
3. Second Men’s Singles
4. Second Men’s Doubles
5. Third Men’s Singles.
Before anyone decries “Sexism!!!” let me just say that there is an equivalent tournament that runs side by side with the Thomas Cup, called Uber Cup, and that’s for the ladies.
This year’s Thomas and Uber Cup tournament is held in Sendai Stadium, Japan. Don’t know where exactly Sendai is, but it’s nowhere near a Korean car factory, that’s for sure.
When I came back from work today, I saw a pulsating match between Japan’s 2nd Singles match Kanako Yonekura versus Holland’s Karina De Wit (yes, since it’s the ladies, it’s Uber Cup). The Japanese won the first game purely, to my mind, on the strength of the rapturous support she enjoys in her home turf. De Wit was clearly the stronger player, physically and skillwise, but she still lost. No problem. De Wit bounced back with such a vengeance on the second game that I thought the matchup was all over by the time it came to the final game. Yonekura was visibly tired. I expected a wash-out.
Nope. Yonekura this time played a fantastically tactical game, completely different from the second game. De Wit was outplayed the first half of the 3rd game. That’s when I thought this Japanese girl really has some skill. πŸ™‚ By the end of the game Yonekura could hardly play anymore due to tiredness, but she hung on for a fantastic win. She had me laughing and cheeing for her all the while.
Pure entertainment. πŸ™‚