We had an early flight into China and although they didn't actually have our information, the tournament organizers were still able to get us on the bus to the tournament hotel. We stayed at a 4-star Holiday Inn and it was actually pretty nice, though it felt a little steep for $160 USD/night. However, with transportation, internet access and breakfast, I guess it was a fair deal, though I would have rathered booked online and got a room for $100 USD/night. Breakfast is usually quite overpriced and there were some good options around.
We had a practice later that afternoon, and thankfully we were able to make it because they didn't give us any practice times at the main venue on Monday. The first half of our practice was pretty terrible because they had the air conditioning on at full blast, making it rather ridiculous, but after they turned off the air con, it was actually very nice to play in. After, we went back to the hotel and resumed our workout as we only had an hour of practice. Fortunately, they finals of the Hong Kong Super Series were on TV at the time and we got to see the final of the MD where Cai/Fu [CHN] made an incredible comeback to take the title away from Lee/Jung [KOR] in the final set.
Monday meant practice in the Practice Hall and unfortunately we had a very early practice. We ended up playing in the tennis bubble nearby, but it was very cold in Shanghai that morning. We still practiced and headed back to catch some breakfast. We also had an afternoon time but it was a lot better then. Some of us were able to have a couple practice games with the Australians, as Derrick/Adrian practiced with Glenn/Warfe [AUS] while Grace/Joyce practiced against Choo/Veeran [AUS]. Later than evening, we went (again) to Ajisen Ramen. We went quite often as the prices were quite good and the food was good. As it was a quick walk from the tournament hotel, we saw a lot of other athletes there as well. I actually bumped into a student of Seoul Foreign School at the restaurant as we did an exhibition with Kim Dong Moon at their school back in March in Korea. I guess she remembered me, so maybe I'm getting more famous? Hahahahaha I hope not :P
|Tom Yum Ramen at Ajisen Ramen|
|People randomly dancing on the streets in Shanghai. Weird...|
|Nanxing Steamed Buns (Xiao Long Bao)|
|I found MC Jin in Hong Kong!|
|I guess he's also in Yoshinoya :P|
Full Results via Tournament Software: [CHINA OPEN SUPER SERIES PREMIER]
Matches via YouTube:
XD Qualifier (R64): Noriyasu HIRATA/Miyuki MAEDA [JPN] vs. Adrian LIU/Joycelyn KO [CAN]
XD R32: Shoji SATO/Shizuka MATSUO [JPN] vs. Toby NG/Grace GAO [CAN]
WD R32: XIE Jing/BAO Yixin [CHN] vs. Joycelyn KO/Grace GAO [CAN]
MD R32: LIU Xialong/QIU Zihan [CHN] vs. Adrian LIU/Derrick NG [CAN]
MS R16: CHEN Long [CHN] vs. Hans-Kristian VITTINGHUS [DEN]
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