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First victory not so easy for world champions Cai/Fu

07-29-2012 06:25 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shuttlers, champions of men's doubles Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng earned their victory at the Wembley Arena Saturday evening, first day of the London Olympics.

But the success came harder than imagined.

The veteran Chinese pair, ranked world No. 1, outplayed Ross Smith and Glenn Warfe from Australia in the first game 21-11. In the second game, however, situation was different.

Their performances impressed spectators with relatively faster pace than other competitions in the arena. Once the four players got locked in a sitzkrieg on the court. Chinese among the crowd cheered loudly for Cai and Fu.

Finally, the Aussies made a mistake, sending their counterpart a first victory.

Talking about the unexpected difficulty, Fu Haifeng said it was because they were not familiar with the opponents.

"In the second game, they seemed more relaxed," he said. "Their way of serving was strange to us."

Living far from the Olympic village, Fu said they could hardly feel the Olympic atmosphere. "As a result, we are not totally dedicated in the performance and hopefully after this contest, we can be more prepared."

Cai Yun admitted that they felt nervous under some pressure. "Everyone is here for the gold medal," he said. "The most important thing is to adjust your attitude to the competition."

The combination of Fu Haifeng's power with his regular partner Cai Yun's speed enabled the pair to become world's leading men's doubles teams since 2004. They have participated in two sessions of Olympics before, only gaining a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

In London, they will be chasing a precious gold medal which has long eluded them. Their next competition will be against German players Ingo Kindervater and Johannes Schoettler on Sunday evening.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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