Well...2 Indonesian pairs were in the finals today but both lost to opponents whom they had beaten earlier in the year. No doubt I was disapppointed, but, the more important thing is the impact of the 21-points system on the game. I have earlier mentioned that most of the games are very fast, which is good for television. Take today's matches as an example: we started with the XD final at 1.00pm and the entire finals were completed in just under 4 hours at 5.00pm. On average, the game took 30-40 mins. None of them went to three sets and a marathon as we saw in the China Open final last mth. For singles, I think there's not much of a difference. However, I feel that the impact seems to be greater for the doubles game. We now have one server instead of two serves, which really put pressure on both pairs to go on attack-mode from the start of the match. The pair who manage to take control the game early will win the set as it's very unlikely for the pair that is trailing more than 4 points to catch up. There's no option of another serve and points dropped are awarded to the opponent. We have seen this in the 2 matches involving the Indonesian pairs. Both Chinese pairs started well by attacking all the way and they manage to gain confidence from that. This means big problem for veteran pairs who can't really go all out attacking like Candra/Sigit. We have seen them losing to Markis/Hendra in the Indonesian Open final due to the youngster's relentless attack. Similarly, Fu/Cai are always dangerous in attack and the 21-points system suit them very well. They always attack when they have the opportunity to do so and they usually got the point. On the other hand, Candra/Sigit can't rely on their usually good defense to save them this time because the speed is much faster and they don't have the option of a second serve once they lost the point when serving. Another thing is I feel that the matches were less exciting. Even though scores were tight at 21-19 or 21-18, you don't really feel the tension in the match. Compare that to the China Open final between Candra/Sigit and Eriksen/Hansen. That match was tense from the beginning all the way to the end. So, is the 21-points system really suitable for the game? I will still wait and see for a few more tournaments. At least for doubles, I prefer the good-old 15-points system.