For those who read Chinese, http://sports.sina.com.cn/o/2007-11-25/19243317666.shtml Provoking ... you are warned! Major points, Only 2 titles? - Hectic tournament schedule doesn't do "veteran" players good, so CY/FHF, ZN, XXF failed. - New scoring system makes the sport more unpredictable - May skip some events, e.g., Grand Prix finals, without jeopardizing OG qualification - Since May 1 this year (beginning of OG qualification period), we have never trained for 35 consecutive days. If we skip some events, we will earn a precious 35-day period to concentrate on training. On WMC's win - She improved a lot in this year. Her attacks are not as "obvious" (i.e., good) as CHN players but that is compensated by her fast movements. - It's hard to beat her if CHN players don't have BOTH the stamina and the power. XXF lost because of pressure and lack of determination? - No, she just didn't have the stamina to complete the match today - I don't blame her. This is just the unpredictability of the sport under the new scoring sys Controversy in line judging? (note: LYB is digging out the history.)  In this aspect, we the CHN team has been suffering the most, especially when we are in S. Korea. Bingyi and I 'lost to the judges' in the MD final at Seoul AG. Some of the line judges later became their national players, e.g., Ha Tae Kwon. We didn't know the truth for many years until Ha & co. told us what they had done to us.  We suffered the problems many times (e.g., at World Jr this year at KL) but we have never quit any tournament in the name of sportsmanship. It's hard to prevent disputes between players and judges, but we should respect the judges more. In managing CHN team, I've been reinforcing this (to my players). We are a civilized country. Our audience is friendly. Our judges have high quality.  Player challenges judge like what happened today - totally unacceptable! If this happens in some other sports, the consequence will be severe. The badminton sport doesn't do well in this aspect - judges' dignity has not been protected.