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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Conclusion of BWF World Championship 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark

This witness a historic event in Spain's badminton.

For the first time, a Spanish player wins the World Championship title.

Spaniard Carolina Marin defeated Li Xuerui of China in a thrilling 3 sets 17-21 21-17 & 21-18.

On the other front, Lee Chong Wei failed in his bid to win the world championship losing to Chen Long in a closed 2 set games, 21-19 21-19.

Lee Chong Wei was trailing most of the time and manage to level the score many times, but an aggressive Chen Long held on to nail his 1st world title.

The other 3 disciplines are domestic affairs:

Mixed doubles and Women's doubles are: China vs. China


Men's doubles is South Korea vs South Korea.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sports specific equipment-tennis

Recently, I have been picking up tennis again, after stopping for a while.

I got my two tennis racquets restrung @ 55lbs with Yonex strings.

In addition to a tennis racquet, I got myself a pair of tennis shoes.
Asics Gel Dedicate 3. I tried it out, and bought it owing to its lightness and relatively cheap price.

A brief review of this shoe.
Pros: cheap, light weight and good cushioning (Asics is famous for its Gel cushion)
Cons: The ventilation is poor compared to higher end models (feet heats up easily).

The reason I didn't buy a more expensive pair of shoes is the amount of Time I will spend playing tennis is not much, as badminton I play more frequently.

For clothing and socks, tennis is pretty similar to badminton.

Differences and similarities. 

Both are racquet sports, hitting a projective to the opponent's court and scoring points when landed in.

Tennis is very different from badminton in terms of biomechanics and movement on court.

In tennis, majority of strokes (contact point) are at waist level, with the racquet lifting the ball above the net and adding spin. 

Badminton, the majority of strokes in the overhead stroke, using wrist movement or pronation.

In terms of overhead like serve or smash, it is similar to badminton.

For movement on court, badminton's base is center court, whereas in tennis, it is at the baseline of the court (for singles).

More to come when I get better in Tennis...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Commonwealth Games-Badminton fix

The recent completed badminton games at the 2014 Commonwealth games saw some new winners.

Notably absent was Men's singles former champion, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

His absence opened some opportunity for up and coming shuttlers to win the gold medal at Badminton's men's singles.

 India's Kashyap Parupalli won the gold medal by beating Singapore's Derek Wong 14-21, 21-11, 19-21.

While Canada's Michelle Li won the Women's singles by beating local Scot, Kristy Gilmour.

Last but not least, The Adcocks won the Mixed doubles by beating their compatriots Langridge/Olver.