The Tougher, The Better
Reported by Netease Sports Channel, May 15, 2005 Beijing time,
It is the last day for Sudirman Cup by May 15th. The host nation is spearheaded by their top ranked Olympic medalists Zhan Jun and Gao Lin and they finally take the Mixed Doubles rubber 12-15, 15-5 ,15-8 over Indonesian N Widianto and L Natsir and thus grant China an upper hand with 1-0 in total score.
Zhang Jun accepts our interview after this tough match.“They are full of vigor and characteristic in their net drops and backcourt smashes. We adopt the successful tactic of forcing Natsir to stay in the backcourt and to use up her energy. In this way we labour to the win in the end.”Zhang Jun feels gratified.
From group matches to the final, Zhang Jun and Gao Lin have secured the rubber win with the same 2-1. According to this, some reporters conclude it to be their fortune, but Zhan Jun denies that ridiculous opinion.“I don’t think it in that way and as a matter of fact, the disparity in the scores is not very big in last two matches, most of them are 15-8 or 15-7.”
As for the reason about the often lost in the first game, Zhang Jun says that he is that kind of player who becomes more excited with greater pressure. When he is burdening the great stress, then he is more likely than usual to bring his potential into play.“I will concentrate my attention very well under good condition but sometimes I will make a number of uncharacteristic errors. I will take harder training in the future.”
Zhang Jun is not agreed with those who consider him to be on the ascent. He says:”First of all, I’m in convalescent from my physical injury and it will take me some time to get well. And I’m focusing on the scientific training at present.”
When talking about the possibilities of winning the Sudirman Cup, Zhang Jun thinks he and Gao Lin have laid a solid foundation for their teammates. He says they will celebrate for the championship if they sweep Indonesia tonight but soon they will anchor in World’s Tournament victory in August.