Chinese youngsters to benefit from Uber Cup setback: head coach

10:06, May 16, 2010      

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The head coach of China's badminton team Li Yongbo said here Saturday that the youngsters would benefit a lot from the failure at the Uber Cup women's team tournament where they were dethroned by South Korea 3-1 in the finals.

"We will be back stronger," said Li at a news conference. "We want to take the Cup back in two years time. The young players who froze today will be much stronger and more experienced to face such a big team event."

The Chinese team, featuring seven Uber Cup debutants in the 10-play squad, surrendered the title for the first time since 1998 with a surprising loss to South Korea.

"Our team did not play well today although I had confidently predicted that we will retain the Cup," said Li. "However, we will take the stumble as a lesson, which is necessary and helpful during the growth of our young players."

Li pointed out that his team, led by world's No. 1 single Wang Yihan and No. 1 doubles Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli, were both overwhelmed by the high pressure, which resulted in their abnormal preformances.

"I have prepared for the prize that we might have to pay to field those young girls. And I always believe that it is worthy if they could come out of the setbacks with stronger mentality.

"We have to put them there in the crucial moments where they can learned much more than from any kind of trainings. I think that will be an effective way leading up to the London Olympics in 2012," said Li.

In the meantime, he added that most of the teams do not want China to keep on winning.

"It becomes rather boring. So it is good to let South Korea win the Cup to give badminton some variety," he quipped.

It was the first time for South Koreans to clinch the Uber Cup after they lost all the five previous attempts to China in the finals.

Source: Xinhua


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