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The World Table Tennis Cup is currently being played and Lin G, has suffered his second loss from a winning position!

Lin, played in both the World Championship and World Cup this year and on both occasions he was leading vs Xu Xin and Timo Boll; 10-5 and 10-4 in the last but managed to lose.

So, what does this mean?

All nations but China, this kind of loss would be dealt with a pat on the back and some critic as to what happened, followed by words of encouragement.

In China, it's a different ball game! This is seen as a huge problem and one of which has been dealt with severely in the past. Such as; (funnily enough - both left handed, like Lin).

Chen Qi - was a remarkable player capable of beating anyone on his day but often failed under huge pressure and thus was never a first team player, for China.

Hao Shuai - another phenomenal talent that crumbled against Michael Maze having many match points and leading 3-0. His future was never the same after that event!

Today Lin has crumbled on two occasions, he can be forgiven against Xu Xin but I believe his first team position has ended as of today! Losing to Timo Boll from 10-4 in the last will be the nail in his coffin. He will be in the national squad for sure but likely will never be first team.

This may seem harsh and many will feel it's wrong, sideling a player after two poor performances especially as they have sacrificed their lives for the sport. But China have a strict regime that takes no prisoners and unfortunately due to their TT dominance they will not allow a weak leak in their set up.

Both I and David Diniz (professional coach in Portugal with his own TT academy www.ttpor.pt), spoke about this matter today and felt it's a huge subject.

What's your opinion on this? and do you think Lin G, will be given another chance to redeem himself in the future?

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I dunno but the removal of LGL and some of the senior coaching staff may be contributing to the unusual situations ?

Coach can play a very pivotal role in turning around points in the game. Now that per-point coaching is allowed, Lin Guoyuan might be getting less useful coaching on converting his winning point ?


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Oh come on... Boll beat Ma Long as well.

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Oh come on... Boll beat Ma Long as well.

Yes, I think that might just save him...

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If you think about it... just about all the recent "upsets" (where a Chinese player was beaten by a non-Chinese player) involve very close games, decided by a very, very close seventh game. Think Hirano Miu vs. Ding Ning at the Asian Champs a few months back.. what happened to Ding Ning? Nothing.. :lol:

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It's true that Ding Ning didn't get dinged (well, they made her write a Cultural Revolution style self-criticism and whatnot but she kept her spot). I think once you get outside of the top three or four players and look at the guys who are kind of on the bubble, getting beaten by a foreigner is a bigger deal.

And of course, if the team loses to foreigners too much the head coach gets fired. That's how Liu Guoliang got his job in the first place if I'm not mistaken - Schlager and Joo beat all the Chinese in WTTC 2003, and Ryu Seung-Min beat Wang Hao for the olympic gold in 2004 and suddenly the coaching staff was upended.

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