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Monday, August 23, 2004


Unreliable MCP Astro

::i am fuming, fuming fuming and damn angry with Astro. i had cancelled all my lunch engagements today to see the repeat telecast of the Olympics Gold Medal Women's Tennis Double match and what a letdown by Astro, it decided not to show it at all. Just whoosh like that and it was taken off the air. The announcer, one Alan Bligh or was he Alan Lye, just said that the repeat telecast of the Men's Tennis Single Gold Medal match had taken too looong, as it lasted some 4 long hours and there was just no time for the ladies' double finals. Big bull, Astro could have shown a shortened versi of the Men's finals, highlighting the significant moments and shown the ladies' which onlly took just over an hour. As both the two finals were repeats, editing them would have allowed both to be shown so that fans of both would have had the chance to enjoy the matches.

Another tennis fan had told me this morning that the 8th seeded Chinese pair had beaten the 2nd seeded Spanish pair for the Gold Medal and that the match was really enetertaing and fun to watch. The Chinese pair of Li Ting and Sun Tian Tian beat the Spanish pair of Conchita Martinez and Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-3, 6-3 despite having double-faulted 10 times! The Chinese pair of Sun and Li was said to have been the moore aggressive throughout the match, volleying well and playing accurate ground strokes. The more experienced Spanish pair were said to have been under tremendous pressure from the first set and were never able to really take charge of the match. So in the end the Chinese pair made history with the first ever tennis medal for China.

What an Astronomical injustice to fans and supporters of ladies' tennis matches, here was finally a chance to see an Asian nation winning her first medal in tennis and a gold medal at that. China, the winner of the Women's Tennis Double had never ever won a medal of whatever colour in tennis at the Olympics. Finally there was this big break through and just imagine it wasn't just winning an Olympic medal but an Olympic Gold medal. This would certainly have been a great boost for all sports ladies in general and Asian lady tennis players in particular. But those Astro guys has to let everyone down. But Astro is not the only channel to be blamed, other print and electronic media have also treated our sports ladies poorly, remember the last time when our badminton ladies did well, there was also scant reports on theri success. Even today's MMail and the Star and the NST did not carry news regarding this Chinese Gold Medal effort but the match between Mardy Fish and Nicolas Massu could be found in one of them. Shame on the media. How is ladies sports going to advance if there is this bias and little support?

For the fans, click here for a report on the Olympics Gold Medal Women's Tennis Double match. And for pictures of the winning pair click here and here.

Click here for the postmatch interview with Pascual & Martinez and here for Sun & Li.



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