2016 Qualification - Morning Session - Early bird get the worm more readily

WS & MS: Aussies with stories to tell

 

The brightest stars in women's singles badminton, the Olympic champion and 2014 Japan Superseries winner, appeared at the crack of dawn's proceedings to give two young Aussies a wonderful experience money can't buy.
 
China's Li Xuerui sent back shuttles that were too fast for Sydney's Jennifer Tam as did Akane Yamaguchi for Melinda Sun but the Aussies will take heart that they didn't win their own points off unforced errors but put together rallies and some imaginative cross court winners.
 
China's other women's singles stars were made to work for their victories. USA's Iris Wang gave a three games long wonderful performance against He Jingbiao. Despite losing, the American was a better example of consistency while her opponent demonstrated enviable natural hand skills. Wang Yihan was also up against Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour for the first time and it took some working out for the Olympic hopeful before progressing 21-16, 21-10.  
 
Sydney teenager Tang Huaidong having qualified for the main draw had the honour of trading blows with none other than world #1 Chen Long. It was always going to be impossible to climb but Tang created rallies and returned the smashes of the current World Champion. The next goal is to win off his own smash against Chen when they meet again. 
 
Huaidong replayed every morsel of this experience at the mixed zone: "I was so pumped before this match and then I came on and heard the school kids cheering for me, I didn't want to let them down. Throughout you can feel Chen Long is in control." 
 
"If I smash at his body the return would be more difficult to retrieve so I tried down the line but couldn't get it in", said Tang of his strategy. 
 
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Australians Setyana Mapasa / Sawan Serasinghe were having success at probing the court and taking advantage using wide cross court shots that showed both their own good reading of mixed doubles and exposing their opponents vulnerability.
 
Unfortunately, Mapasa/Serasinghe couldn't maintain their early leads in both games against Malaysia's Lai Pei Jing / Tan Kian Ming.If these Aussies could practice against this same opponent every day across a week, they'd be able to eke out a win because it was mainly a matter of experience that made the difference.