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Zhang Jike's Main Issue Is Still His Attitude (Videos)

Zhang Jike's Main Issue Is Still His Attitude (Videos)
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As the Grand Slam champion, Zhang Jike has an image to uphold. For the past weeks, Zhang Jike's poor performance in the 2013 World Team Cup and in the recently concluded Korean Open earned him the doubts and criticisms. For the head coach Liu Guoliang, Zhang Jike's main issue is still his attitude towards his career development. Although he has been so direct in addressing Zhang Jike's issue, coach Liu still wishes his player to learn. 

 

Sohu Sports. Aside from the winners, the Grand Slam champion Zhang Jike was also a focus of discussion during the 2013 Korean Open. This is because of Zhang Jike posted his fourth defeat this year and it was against a younger teammate Yan An. 

"Zhang Jike's main issue is still his attitude towards his own career development." Liu Guoliang stated. 

"During the Doubles match against the Japanese Team in the 2013 World Team Cup, he and Wang Hao were in a 2-0 lead. In the deciding set, they were also in a 10-5 advantage. However, they still lost a game that should've been won. One round after in the finals, he lost against the Chinese Taipei's Chen Chien An." 

Zhang Jike/Wang Hao vs Koki Niwa/Kenta Matsudaira 2013 World Team Cup
video kindly shared by ittfchannel

Zhang Jike vs Chen Chien An 2013 World Team Cup
video kindly shared by janus770

"In the 2013 Korean Open, Zhang Jike was in a 3-1 advantage against Yan An in the Round 16. Again, the same results were posted. It should be said that the results depend mainly on his attitude." Liu Guoliang explained. 

Furthermore, Liu Guoliang thinks that Zhang Jike still hasn't return yet to his competitive state. At the same time, he emphasised that what Zhang Jike has to do is to reflect and realise the ideal attitude for the upcoming World Championships and even the 2016 Olympic Games. 

"Whether it is just an Open Tournament, or the World Cup, World Championships or even the Olympics, as long as athletes give their best and put their hearts on the game, then their results will certainly be recognised by everyone, win or lose." Liu Guoliang added. 

In conclusion, Liu Guoliang acknowledged the hard-earned achievements of Zhang Jike and he can only hope that he learns from all of his experiences. "Zhang Jike's achievements and position are hard-earned. I just hope for higher, farther, and bigger developments for him." Liu Guoliang concluded. 

Photo source: sports.sina.com.cn

 

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