Watching Joko Suprianto v Zhao Jian Hua at the All-England 1990 Mens Singles Finals at present. As the match wore on, it became clear the little differences between the game played in those days and the games played now. In an earlier blog post I had wondered how you could compare the greats of yesteryears against those of today, given that so much has changed since then. But the video was very illustrative – the players from before were slower, were more inclined to lift the shuttles, the footwork comprised of seemingly more steps, net shots were nowhere as tidy and close to the net cord as they are today. Every time a net shot was played I kept expected the opponent to pounce on it.
Plus they didn’t ask for shuttle changes all that often too.