Chinese badminton boss on Thomas & Uber Cup losses

Wang Zhiyi of China competes in the women’s singles match against Sim Yu-jin (not pictured) of South Korea in the Uber Cup Finals at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, May 14, 2022. /CFP

Wang Zhiyi of China competes in the women’s singles match against Sim Yu-jin (not pictured) of South Korea in the Uber Cup Finals at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, May 14, 2022. /CFP

The China women’s badminton team lost to South Korea in Saturday’s Uber Cup final, while the men’s badminton team was eliminated in the Thomas Cup quarterfinals earlier this week. This is the first time in 26 years that China has not won a title in both tournaments at the same time.

Zhang Jun, president of the China Badminton Federation, admitted in an interview with the Xinhua News Agency that the national teams have failed the fans with their performance.

China and South Korea played five games over seven hours in Saturday’s Uber Cup final at Bangkok’s Impact Arena. Zhang praised the efforts of Chen Yufei, who came back to beat An Se-ying 17-21, 21-15 and 22-20 in the first women’s singles match.

Chen Yufei of China competes in the women’s singles match against An Se-ying (not pictured) of South Korea in the Uber Cup Finals at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, May 14, 2022. /CFP

Chen Yufei of China competes in the women’s singles match against An Se-ying (not pictured) of South Korea in the Uber Cup Finals at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, May 14, 2022. /CFP

Chen Yufei sprained her ankle in this fight, but she immediately decided to re-tape her ankle, got up and competed again. Zhang said all players should learn from her such strong willpower and fighting spirit.

Zhang said it’s really a shame that Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan lost to Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan in the women’s first doubles with 21:12, 18:21 and 18:21. “Everything went its way in the first game,” Zhang said. “But in the second game they gambled away an 8-2 lead.

Zhang acknowledged that the women’s national team was aiming for the title from the start. “We won’t look for excuses. Our players can do better in both singles and doubles,” he said.

Liu Yuchen (front) and Ou Xuanyi of China compete in the men’s doubles match against Mohammad Ahsan (not pictured) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (not pictured) of Indonesia in the Thomas Cup final at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, March 12, 2017. May 2022 to . /CFP

Liu Yuchen (front) and Ou Xuanyi of China compete in the men’s doubles match against Mohammad Ahsan (not pictured) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (not pictured) of Indonesia in the Thomas Cup final at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, March 12, 2017. May 2022 to . /CFP

The Chinese men’s team was swept by Indonesia on Thursday. Zhang said the team is going through a transition between two generations. After the dominant era of Lin Dan and Chen Long, the team needs young players to grow up quickly. “In fact, the youth of the men’s team have been working hard for quite some time,” Zhang told Xinhua. “Especially single players like Li Shipei and Wen Hongyang who have participated in several international events.”

Li believes the main reason for the Indonesia defeat is that the players aren’t good enough. He also pointed out that helping players regain their confidence is important to better prepare for the Paris 2023 Olympics.

“We all know that our players have competed in very few international events abroad since 2019, including the Tokyo Olympics, the Thomas and Uber Cup and the Sudirman Cup in 2020 and 2021,” he said Zhang. “As Lin Dan and Chen Long got older over the past two years, our young players should have improved by playing in as many big events as possible, but they couldn’t. Instead, they were rarely able to play against strong opponents. “

Zhao Junpeng of China competes in the men’s singles match against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (not pictured) of Indonesia at Thomas Cup Final at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, May 12, 2022. /CFP

Zhao Junpeng of China competes in the men’s singles match against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (not pictured) of Indonesia at Thomas Cup Final at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, May 12, 2022. /CFP

Regarding the women’s team, Zhang revealed that some players are not at their best after contracting COVID-19 while competing in Europe. The team will be more careful in deciding when to go abroad to play and when to return home to train.

Zhang announced that the men’s team could appoint a new individual coach to allow the players to better improve.

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