The Surdiman Cup Returns to China
Netease Sports Channel, May 15, 2005. Tonight the final of the 9th Surdiman Cup is held in the Beijing Capital Gymnasium, in which the Chinese squad meets its opponent of feud, Indonesian again. The Surdiman Cup was first founded to commemorate the Ex-chairman of Indonesian Badminton Federation. However, since the first Surdiman Cup in 1989, the Indonesian has not raised the cup again. If Chinese win the match today, they will create a wonder that one nation wins in all the 3 major mixed team tournaments. The aura reaches its apex since the opening of the Surdiman Cup. There are 18000 seats in the gymnasium; no a single seat is left untaken.
Today's match begins with the mixed doubles. Chinese Olympic champions Zhang Jun and Gao Ling defend their honor against the challenge from the Indonesian Widianto and Natsir. The fierce competition goes underway without no preliminary tapping from either side. It is a match of nip and tuck. The scores on the screen are seen in drawn from many times and the disparity is often too small. With the fervent support from the home audiences, the Chinese lead slightly until the game point but later the rhythm of match is controlled by the Indonesians. The Chinese lose the first game narrowly at 14-12.
The second game, however, belongs to China. Zhang Jun changes his tactics and no longer smashes all the time without proper considerations. Amid the game, the Olympic Champions strike a 9-2 round and then dash to the game point at 14-5. Both sides stand in the same scratch line again after the Chinese take the second game at 15-5.
Zhang Jun and Gao Ling lead by their beautiful net shots and backcourt smashes at the start of the decisive 3rd game at 3-1. But Zhang Jun is seems exhausted after 2 intensive games and his footwork shuffles. Such chance is instantly sought by the Indonesian. The game is in draw then at 4 all. After a short rest, thanks to the Indonesian low class misses, the Chinese squad breaks the ice and begins to lead again at 1-5. Afterwards, it seems that the patience in the Indonesian side elapses and misplays gradually abounds. Zhang Jun and Gao Ling dare not waste such precious chances and seal the mixed doubles finally at 15-8.
After 3 hard games, Chinese badminton team wins the mixed doubles and leads for the time beings at 1-0 in the total score.The second round is Men’s Singles. This is the hottest match between World number one Lin Dan and Olympic Champion Taufik Hidayat. Both of them are eager to beat each other in order to demonstrate himself to be the world’s best men’s single player. And the result is also fateful to the whole match for China and Indonesia.
They play defensively rather than trying to score in cricket in the beginning of the first game. After the straight smash, Lin Dan opens his account and gets advantage with 4-0 over Taufik. It turns to be propitious to Lin but Taufik regains form shortly after and catch up to 4-4. After that point, Lin Dan plays stably and suppresses Taufik by 6-4. The Lin Dan robs another 2 points by exploiting Taufik’s misplay. 8-4, Lin Dan takes the lead and soon he enlarge his advantage by 10-6. Then the two top players begin the battle with their wisdom and strength. Through consecutive deceptions and net shots, Taufik clinches points back and brings the game to a 10-10 draw. With Lin Dan’s misplays, Taufik gets ahead of Lin Dan with 1 point, 11-10. In this very moment, Lin Dan plays very patiently and soon catches up to 11-12 by a sudden hit. Then he manages to bring the game to another draw of 12-12. But Taufik gets his game point before long. Chinese stalwart Lin makes the game under control again and bring the game to the third draw of 14-14, then Taufik chooses the extra 3 point game. After the alternating in service, Taufik gets another point and the game comes to the fourth draw of 15-15. In the zero hour, Super Dan proves himself by consecutive 2 points and seal this tough game by 17-15.
In the second game, Lin Dan serves first and makes a good start of 2-0. Then Taufik seizes the right of service back and suppresses Lin Dan by 3-2. There is another deadlock and they keep on alternating in serving and the score stands still for 2 minutes. Then Taufik breaks the deadlock with a powerful cross-court and lead by 6-5. But Lin Dan suppresses him with consecutive backcourt smashes. And Lin Dan keeps leading by making full use of Taufik’s misplays. Before long Super Dan gets ahead of Taufik with 11-8 with his net shots. After changing service, Lin Dan casts powerful hairpin shots and leads Taufik by 13-9. From then on Taufik is unable to regain his composure and he finally allows Lin Dan to take the second game 15-9 to win the match.
In this way Lin Dan strikes for the second point for China by defeating extremely arrogant Taufik.
The Chinese Olympic women's single Zhang Ning then rallies with Hari.
This is a match of great disparity. If the Zhang Ning wins, the Chinese team will raise the Surdiman Cup. The Olympic Champion easily leads at 6-0 by maneuvering his opponent. Going all out, Hari resists Zhang; but it is just of no use. Without much trouble, Zhang Ning reaches the game point at 10-0 and sets the first game after Hari makes a symbolic solo point at 11-1.
The Indonesian reinforcement in running and placements makes a temporal tie at the setout of the second game. But the Olympic Champion manages to make break through and lead at 3-0. As the Indonesian is on the verge of toppling, the friendly Chinese audiences begin to cheer Hari. Under such circumstance, Hari endeavors to surpass Zhang at 6-5. But the fortune of Indonesian stops there in this Surdiman Cup. Zhang Ning grasps the initiative again and then makes a 5-1 round and in the end rises the Surdiman Cup for Chinese at 11-7.
Thereby 3-0; Chinese whitewash the Indonesian in the final of the 9th Surdiman Cup.