I've said the chinese are 'generally' weaker on the mental side, some more, some less so. It's a broad personal opinioin of mine which i've kept because of abundant supporting observation. Also, zhang ning is now a veteran which make LD a newbie in the mental dept. It just mean the chinese needed more touranment experience to groom their mental toughness. I'm sure next year LD would be far more mentally stronger than this year(2005), which is better than last year (2004). You said: My answer is straight and firm, it's because the chinese is also excellent in the speed, footwork, stroke making and other skills. When zhang ning playing against hari, ZN could might have been daydreaming (about her wedding and honeymoon, hehe) and ZN could still beat hari imo LOL. Only when other physical components are evenly matched, the deciding factor will be mental, which i have also stated before. Both LD and LCW are fast and attacking players, neither one own the speed department. The winning edge here was mental focus and toughness, which LCW has 2 things going for him .