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Japan won Thomas Cup for the first time. No luck for Malaysia this time.

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2014 by vincentloy

Ohh….that was the last word I shouted before we turned off the TV. That is sad. The FINAL match between Japan and Malaysia in Thomas Cup, world’s most premier international men team badminton championship had just concluded. And unfortunately, Japan won. My country, Malaysia lost. The match started at 5.30pm (3pm at India time as the event was held at New Delhi for this edition) and had just ended approximately on 11.30pm (took six long hours). Must be a five neck-to-neck matches in the FINAL. Yes it was.

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As expected, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia overpowered Kenichi Tago of Japan (21-12, 21-16) easily in the first men single match, proving that he is someone very hard to be defeated in this sport eventhough he is now almost 32 years old. We were very confident of him and he secured the first point for our country. Fantastic. We were very happy as it is a good start for our national team. Next came our first men double pair; Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong against Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa and Hiroyuki Endo. Our pair won the first round, and we thought that we could win this match too. Then, everything should be safe and smooth for us.

However, we were disappointed in the end. The Japan’s pair fight back to win the second game before triumphing again on the deciding game. Our Malaysian pair contributed quite a fair performance and I can see that both of them fight very hard. However, luck is not on their side especially on the last few crucial points which were then awarded to the Japanese pair. The result of this match is 12-21, 21-17 and 21-19 in favor of Japan. Now, it’s 1-1 (draw).

Then, came the second men single match. Our team had Chong Wei Feng and Japan sent in Kento Momota. Chong appeared to have better statistics in early matches of this tournament, but now truly facing a great challenger. In the end, he lost out in two straight games (21-15, 21-17). Opps…not good, not good. The standing is now at 2 for Japan, and 1 for Malaysia. We had to depend on the second men double to save the day. And yes, fortunately, they successfully brought joy for Malaysia back as they won the match in three games (21-19, 17-21, 12-21). They delivered outstanding performance and put back the standing to a draw. Wonderful.

Now, all hope is on the last men single match to decide on the winner of this year’s Thomas Cup. We had Liew Daren and Japan brought forward Takuma Ueda. The high pressure mounted on the players of this match is inevitable. I find that Daren doesn’t have the spirit or energy to play in the first game, hence losing it easily to the Japanese. He also tend to make a lot of serious mistakes eventhough his opponent was showing quite poor skills on court too. That was bad. However, he fought back with much effort and won the second game. This eventually led to the final rubber game. Heartstopping moments then started. And….haaihh….we were all excited as their points were very close to each other but Japan permanently stood ahead two to three points. Accompanied with little luck only to the Malaysian, Japan won the last match (21-12. 18-21, 21-17). Hmmm…

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(Uber Cup trophy on the left which was won by China after winning Japan yesterday and Thomas Cup trophy on the right. Uber Cup represents female team championship)

All our hope ended. So near yet so far. We couldn’t manage to bring back the prestigious Thomas Cup trophy back to Malaysian land. The last time we celebrated the win of this tournament was way back 22 years ago in 1992. This time, we lost again unfortunately. We can see obviously the looks of all Malaysians especially our local supporters over there in the stadium. Luck is not on our side. Year 2014 must have been a bad year for Malaysia. Anyway, both Japan and Malaysia had made this FINAL very intense and awesomely displayed some of the best badminton ‘shows’ I have ever seen in recent years.

A big congratulation to Japan on winning the Thomas Cup for the first time in history. Their performance now stunned and surprised me. They had seriously improved a lot until that they can even defeat China (always regarded as the badminton giant) back in the semi-final. They were proven to be a dark horse, and they successfully won it. Hope that our national team don’t give up, get up for further training on improvement, and fight back on the next Thomas Cup in 2016.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

China wins Sudirman Cup 2013, and it’s their ninth title

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2013 by vincentloy

Congratulation to China for winning the Sudirman Cup 2013! Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship first started in Indonesia and which takes place once every two years. There are five matches in every round: men and women’s singles, men and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. This year, the championship was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for its 13th edition from 19 to 26 May 2013.

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(Image source: http://static.inilah.com/data/berita/foto/1991197.jpg)

In the final battle between defending champion China and South Korea that concluded not long ago, China emerged to be the winner once again by winning 3 – 0 over its opponent. The Chinese shuttlers did not drop a single set in the final, which further proven themselves to remain the king of the sport. It’s their ninth title (previously China had won it in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011) overall. What a wonderful performance achieved by them in those years for almost two decades! South Korea had also won it three times (1991, 1993 and 2003) and Indonesia won it once (1989 when it is first started).

Where is Malaysia? Malaysia had never win Sudirman Cup before. In previous Sudirman Cup 2011, Malaysia successfully reached the semifinal stage (it’s our best achievement so far). Eventhough Malaysia failed to move on to the final, but it managed to be at least in top 4 standing. However, in this 2013’s Sudirman Cup on which Malaysia is the host nation, anticipation is high for the country to make it to the semifinal at least. In the end, everyone is hugely disappointed. The country couldn’t even make it to the quarterfinal! Malaysia is not even in top 8 this time. A bit embarrassing.

Malaysia found its luck when it is grouped with Chinese Taipei and Germany in early elimination rounds. To be honest, those are weaker nations in this sport. Malaysia should find no problem getting to the top in this group to get into quarterfinal. However, Malaysia lost 3 – 2 against Chinese Taipei and also produced the similar result against Germany. This is so unbelievable. What a shocking defeat. If we lost to South Korea, China, or Indonesia, then I understand. But now, losing to much weaker countries had shown that our performance had dropped significantly. This is serious! I am so disappointed!

Our standard had gone downfall to a point that everything need to be studied on where the weaknesses of our national badminton team are. Now, Malaysia is no where to be seen after only two days on courts. This is bad. This is bad. China is still so strong in this sport even after so many years. We should actually learn from them to further excel in this sport which is sometime considered our only hope for Olympic gold medal in the future. Forget about it. By the way, congratulation to China once again to have successfully defended their Sudirman Cup title. Malaysia, don’t give up, overcome the weaknesses and do your best in coming tournaments!

Spain won UEFA Euro 2012 in a lopsided final

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by vincentloy

Hah, the live broadcast of the final match of UEFA Euro 2012 started in 2.45am at midnight over here in Malaysia. Luckily, I managed to wake up from a short nap to watch the match. If not, I’m going to miss an exciting match on which you would only see once in four years. It’s a good match eventhough the result is lopsided. I guess many have known the outcome of the final already; it’s Spain winning Italy by 4-0 to defend their title for the championship. I have missed the first twelve minutes of the match. Once I get to the TV, Spain scored its first goal a minute or two later. I guess my arrival to watch the match gave luck to Spain, and then they keep on scoring without the need of extra time or penalty shoot.

This gave Spain third win on three major football tournaments consecutively, from UEFA Euro 2008, to FIFA World Cup 2010, and lastly, this championship. This win had further strengthening the nation’s image as the best performing country in the sport in recent years. Last night’s final must be the one everyone is waiting for. In my previous post, I mentioned that I wish Italy to win since their team had shown great improvement and I want somebody else to put a stop to the reigning champion of Spain. Too bad, Italy couldn’t manage to score even a goal last night. Luck is not on their side probably.

By the way, after I have watched the final match last night, I am obviously admiring the top quality of performance delivered by Spain. The team truly deserves to win. Their strategy is really great, and with their strong defence particularly from the goalkeeper, it is almost impossible for their opponent to score a goal. Furthermore, they keep on moving forward in fast speed to have the ball at least near to the goal, which increases the probability of having few managed to score. At last, they scored not only one or two, but four goals, with two last goals at the very last ten-minute of the game.

It must be a very disappointing and frustrating night for Italy. I can see they did their best, but couldn’t even stand a chance when their opponent is none other than Spain. Nevermind, the team still performed very well, and there are still chances in future championships. What I dislike from them is the attitude of their players, particularly the no.9 player who helped Italy to win over Germany in semi-final. When the final match ended, the other Italian players felt moody and down, but definitely not acting like the no.9 player who pushed away a man trying to console him (shown in the broadcast) and went straight inside, not even care to bother his mates or anything else. This is a bad attitude.

Congratulation to Spain for winning UEFA Euro 2012. So now, Spain became the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and the first European international team to win three straight major tournament titles (UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup). The team must be very joyful and excited over the win and the record of their achievement. The whole country of Spain would be so proud of them. FIFA World Cup 2014 up next for the all-conquering Spain.

(Image above is from http://english.people.com.cn/90779/7862329.html)

UEFA Euro 2012: It’s Spain vs. Italy for the very final match this Sunday!

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2012 by vincentloy

Time flies, 30 out of 31 matches of the popular football tournament, UEFA Euro 2012 are over, giving way to the last match, the final which is going to take place at Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine on this Sunday’s night (almost Monday’s morning over here in Malaysia). After almost a month, Spain and Italy successfully made it to the final match, and are going to battle all out for the championship tomorrow, 1st July 2012.

In the two semi-finals, Spain beats Portugal by 4-2 in penalty after both teams scored no goals even after the extra time is allocated while on the other hand, Italy beats Germany by 2-1 in the match. These four teams are expected to get into semi-finals, since their performance are always seen as the best of the best. Spain is seen as a hot favourite in the final for having recently being the champion of several major football tournaments, particularly winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2008 UEFA Euro, thus making it the current reigning World and European champions.

But anyway, do not look down on the other team getting its place into the final; Italy. It is quite unbelievable that Italy defeated Germany in the second semi-final. Germany is seen as a strong opponent in football matches (had won this championship three times, the most), but it seems that mistakes have taken their chance to get into the final away. Italy on the other hand appears to have greatly improve in the performance of their national football team.

So, on this upcoming and much anticipated final, it is going to be an exciting match to enjoy for the audiences and viewers around the world. Which team do you think or predict going to win the UEFA Euro 2012? Or which team do you support but you think the winner shall be the other team instead? I’m not experienced on analyzing all that, but if you ask me to pick one, I’m choosing Italy for the much potential winner of this year’s UEFA Euro. Why? Italy has greatly improve according to many analysts and that it has shown its strength on this sport on recent matches, particularly in the semi-final against the tough opponent, Germany. I also prefer Italy to win just to put a stop to the reigning champion title for the Spain. They took the title for several years. It’s time to give it out to the others.

Let see whether I am going to watch the FINAL or not. It’s going to be broadcast live over here on midnight, which is supposed to be my sleeping time for work on Monday. But this match is something not to be missed, I guess. Ahh…a lot of people would be going to watch the final, and I think I’m going to join in the excitement.

(Images from this post are from variety of sources in the internet)

All England 2012 Badminton Championship: Absolutely great men doubles match! Disappointing men single match!

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by vincentloy

I watched the last two matches of the final of 102nd badminton championship of All England just now. All England is the oldest badminton tournament, and is credited to be one of the most prestigious with huge amount of prizes and fame. I skipped the women single, women doubles and mixed doubles, as the players gave me no interest, and China’s team would easily win all that.

Men doubles match came before the men single, which many Malaysians would be watching as our beloved Lee Chong Wei, the world number one is in the match up against Lin Dan of China. For men doubles, it’s truly a wonderful match from Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun from China against Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung from South Korea. Both pairs are the world best at the moment, and they truly delivered an absolutely fantastic match of three games for us to enjoy. I can feel the excitement watching them on court, with their strong performance in defence and smashing skills. Their games are intense, with both pairs at similar level of skills doing their best and trying so hard just to win a point.

To break China’s dominance in that final, South Korea’s team did their very best and finally won the men doubles final after a struggling three-games. Hah…actually, I also prefer South Korea to win, so that the China’s team would not be too proud and overconfident over their achievement. Next came the match that many of us are waiting for, despite it is already late midnight and people have to work or study tomorrow. A match between Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei must be the greatest and the most anticipated one, as both players are the best of the best in the men single match.

It is known that Lee Chong Wei has a minor injury over his right hand earlier. And yes, from the way he played in the final just now, many can see that his injury was limiting his movement and aggressiveness. He almost win the first match despite the condition, but then losing it to Lin Dan in 19-21 while his injury worsen in the first game. He had called the medical assistance several times, and finally in the second game while Lin Dan is leading in 6-2, Lee Chong Wei made a disappointing decision to quit the game and let Lin Dan win the championship. Ahh, it’s a bad day for him, but he already tried his best to deliver quite a good match.

It is very hard and sad for him, but it’s okay. The target is set now on the London 2012’s olympics, and Lee Chong Wei would have around four months to recover and for further training. Really hopes that his injury is minor and he would step up again with the best performance from him in the Olympics. Hopes to see both Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei again in the final of the Olympics in July.

Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan for world’s title…but it was a good game!

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by vincentloy

It’s the most anticipated badminton match not only of the competition, but also of the year. It’s the men single final of Yonex BWF Badminton World Championship 2011, and the finalists are Lin Dan from China and Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia. Of course I am supporting my own country, and so my hope is high on Chong Wei whom is honoured ‘Datuk’ title due to him winning silver medal back in Beijing 2008. Lin Dan and Chong Wei are no doubt the top two best badminton players in the world in our generation, but when facing each other in this final, who will win?

It turned out that Lin Dan won the title again, which is among the greatest title for a badminton player. He have had won the title in several editions, while Chong Wei’s list of winning tournaments did not includes the grand ones like Olympics and this World Championship, and that data remains the same till today after the final clash between him and Lin Dan. Lin Dan won in three games, losing the first one, but giving all out in last two games to nail it. Chong Wei won the first game in quite a difficult and challenging situation, leading the margin of 2 points to win the first game; 22-20.

That is a very good and promising start for Chong Wei. However, in the second game, Lin Dan took over Chong Wei easily and gained many points to further the gap and finally Chong Wei lost the second game; 14-21. Then, it’s up to the third game to decide the winner and the atmosphere is going extremely strong, not only in the stadium at London, but also in many homes in Malaysia where people are watching and supporting like me and my family. The points are close together, and that is what makes the game much more intense and exciting as both players tried their best for not only the title, but also for a good game. It’s 20-20, and they stayed on for a good fight before the luck goes to Lin Dan on winning the deciding game; 23-21. It’s really a heart-stopping moment at that time…Really felt very disappointing!

There had been many meetings between the two players and Lin Dan won majority of it. This final is not an exception. After the winning moment, Lin Dan as usual quickly getting overreacting to show his dominance as the true world best badminton player despite Chong Wei is the world number one ranked player due to his record in winning many tournaments (smaller scale). Anyway, the final between them just now is truly a good game; very interesting and exciting. Both delivered brilliant performance that couldn’t be attempted by any other players. Congratulation to Lin Dan for winning the world’s title again, and also a word of encouragement for Chong Wei to try his best again in future, especially in London 2012 Olympics. Now it is proven that Chong Wei is truly presented as a player that could really challenge Lin Dan for a real fight on badminton court. Wow…my facebook page now is flooded with this badminton news!

 The match just now is truly a thrilling and sensational 81-minutes badminton game at its best!

Chong Wei won Indian Open 2011

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2011 by vincentloy

When is my last post on badminton? I can’t remember. It’s been a long time that I did not watch any badminton tournaments and posting the result and my comment up here. Today is the final of the Indian Open 2011 Super Series, which we saw world number one, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia up against Peter Hoeg Gade from Denmark. Finally I had the opportunity to watch the match at home and I expected Chong Wei to win it easily.

Lee Chong Wei really had won the match in three games, winning the first and the deciding games but lost in the second game. Eventhough he had won it, but he did not win it easily. Peter Gade is proven to be a tough match for him this time. In their previous meetings, Lee Chong Wei defeated Peter Gade a number of times very easily and that shows the real power of Chong Wei. However, for this match today, I think it is among the worst performances by him despite winning this.

I absolutely cannot believe that he lost in the second game, quite terribly to Peter Gade. Peter Gade is a strong opponent many years ago but definitely not now. However, he seems to be posing a certain difficulties to Chong Wei today. All that shows that Chong Wei had lost some of his glory which reached its peak between 2007 till 2010. He retained his world number one title for a long time due to his participation in a lot of tournaments and that does not prove his perfection in badminton especially when dealing with the real world best badminton player, Lin Dan from China. The whole team from China did not participate with no valid reason and this is always the same, and that is why I don’t like China’s team eventhough they are strong. They seems to have pay no respect to all these smaller tournaments.

It’s almost the time for Chong Wei to retire, probably after London 2012 Olympic Games. Really hope that he would do the best for the olympic unlike the previous final with Lin Dan.  There is no younger players from Malaysia that could follow his footstep to be a bright badminton player for the moment. Chong Wei might be our last pride in badminton’s world. Anyway, congratulation to him for winning the Indian Open 2011, his fourth title of the year.

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