Sohu Sports. As the top player in the women’s world rankings, Liu Shiwen failed to be reported in the Olympic Singles. Kong Linghui explains his side of the decision.
The Chinese Team has confirmed their final decision on their lineup for the Olympic Games. Unfortunately for the top ranking player, Liu Shiwen, she was not reported for the Singles.
“In the last four years, Liu Shiwen’s performance was not bad.However, since last year until now, she lost a total of 3 matches against foreign opponents. considering this aspect, the coaching staff ultimately decided to report Ding Ning in the Singles and Liu Shiwen to play in the Team competition.” Kong Linghui said.
Liu Shiwen holds the top seat in the current world rankings and Kong Linghui is aware that it is a little unfortunate for her not to make it into the Olympic Singles lineup. However, the head coach is also aware that there are also some poor performances in this stage.
“If she was able to perform excellently, there’s a possibility that she will be reported in the Singles. However, in the most recent stage, there were some problems that were exposed from her mindset and her performance.” The head coach added.
Lastly, Kong Linghui said that the bottomline is that Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia are more stable than Liu Shiwen. “The stability of the other two players (Li Xiaoxia & Ding Ning) is much stronger.” Kong Linghui concluded.
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