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Saturday, May 15, 2004


Thomas Cup Final---China Vs Denmark

::Earlier in the afternoon, China easily beat South Korea, 3-0, to make it to the final. The Chinese women qualified for the Uber Cup final with an effortless 3-0 victory over Japan. So China stayed on course for their first Thomas and Uber Cup double in 14 years. If they do so, it would be a feather in the cap of their 'cocky' coach, YongBo Li.
Later in the night, the Indonesians and Danes battled for the other spot in the Thomas Cup final. The last time the Danes were in the final was in 1996, where the eventual winner was Indonesia. Indonesia had been in the last 6 finals, losing to Malaysia in 1992 and winning the remaining 5. The Danes had hoped to win both the doubles and a single. And that was what they did against the Indonesians.
The Danes started off losing the 1st single, Peter Gade was beaten by Sony Dwi Koncoro. Then their double pair of Paaske-Rasmussen beat the Indonesia, so it was one-a-piece. The tie between Jonassen and Hidayat proved to be a thriller with Hidayat finally beating Jonassen in 3 sets. The Indonesians needed to win the 2nd doubles to send the Danes packing but it was not to be so. In another titanic battle, the Danish pair of Erikssen-Lundgaard give their all and won another point for the Danes.
With two-a-piece, it was left to the 3rd singles to fight it out to see who gets into the final. The Danes played Peter Rasmussen against Indonesian youngster, Simon Santoso. This prove to be the Danish delight for Rasmussen managed to win the final point and with that the Danes will be meeting China in the final of the Thomas Cup after a wait of 8 years. So for the time being the Istora Senayan roar has been silenced.
Watching the Danes play with their fighting spirits, never say die attitude and giving their all, makes one wished that our players had thhese qualities to show instead of . In a campaign a to lose or not to lose startegy will lead us nowhere except to the exit. 'Cocky sounding' though he may be YongBo's "“We want to win all our matches. We don't care which team we play. The most important thing for China is to stay undefeated” strategy maybe the strategy for us to adopt in future campaigns and in order to do that we have to start preparations yesterday.
All said and done, i will be rooting for Denmark this final and if she should win, it would bring YongBo down to earth a rung or two.


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