Zhang Chao shares his experience with Lin Gaoyuan — 2017 Chinese National Games Prelims (Eng Sub)

Zhang Chao shares his experience with Lin Gaoyuan — 2017 Chinese National Games Prelims (Eng Sub)


32-year old Zhang Chao representing Team Guangdong is second up in the team competition. He is relaxed and calm. The key player of Team Guangdong, Lin Gaoyuan is injured Zhang Chao bears the responsibility of winning the match. His opponent is the no.1 player from Hong Kong Wong Chun Ting who is 6 years younger than him. Despite Zhang Chao is the veteran in the competition, his playing level has not declined as he grows older. He beat Wong Chun Ting 3-1. He played 12-10 in both the 2nd set and 3rd set. Zhang Chao and Hao Shuai are players of Wang Hao times. Both of them have played and won in the competition. The competition in the Chinese national team is intense. Just by watching their performance, we learn that it is possible for them to maintain high level of playing skills at the age of 30. I won 2 points in the match against Team Sichuan. I have won a total of 4 or 5 points and lost 2. I lost 2 points against Team Hebei. I was defeated by Liang Jingkun and Cui Qinglei. I beat Wong Chun Ting from Hong Kong today. I think I played pretty well. Wong Chun Ting is a bit nervous today. And we are quite familiar with each other. The match is not smooth at all. But I have the edge over him because I am more experienced. He might have more international experience. Yet I have played more national competitions. If this was played in the international arena, it might be a tough match to play. Teammates are competing. Lin Gaoyuan who should have played in the team competition is recovering in the training hall. Half a month ago, Lin Gaoyuan earned the ticket to the Worlds. 22-year old Lin Gaoyuan is very excited about that. He had trained intensely in Beijing for 6 days. 3 training sessions per day. He has trained for 2 consecutive days after arriving Anshan. As a result, he overworked himself. He suffers from back cramps. All he can do is to take a break. I tear my back muscles. It is not deep in my back. Maybe not a muscle tear but my muscles contract when I use too much force. I don’t think it is a huge problem. What is the treatment for that? The team doctors massage my back to relax the tension and I do some stretching. So that my back will not be too stiff. As my back muscles are contracting. It is important for me to relax my back. Zhang Chao who is 10 years older than Lin, believes that Lin’s injury has something to do with his inexperience. He proposed every player should work ‘professionally’ What do I mean by professional players? I am not just talking about being professional in terms of technique. Understanding their own condition is also important. There are many players have great technique. But they retire after playing few years. Injuries after injuries, they ‘disappear’ from competition. It is not because of lacking the technique. They do not know themselves well. They are not clear about their physical condition. This is a lesson to learn from for Lin Gaoyuan. It is fortunate that he injured at this early stage. We can fill his spot in the team competition. If he injured in the Worlds or in the close-door training, it will pose a huge impact on him. Zhang Chao had similar experience as Lin Gaoyuan. In 2009 Worlds, Zhang Chao earned the spot to play in the men’s singles. Despite he lost in the third round, the experience of the 40-day training as a key player is the most valuable experience he has ever had. When Lin Gaoyuan took the spot in men’s singles, Zhang Chao can’t wait to share all his experience with Lin I will tell him everything. I will tell whatever I know. Ma Lin also shares his experience with Lin Gaoyuan. Together, we are a team and we will tell him everything. He might get annoyed if we talk to much. After all, he is still young. But I hope he listens to our experience. The more he listens, the better. I think that he did better in the attention to details. Lin Gaoyuan make his significant first step from supporting player to key player. But how long will he sustain his key player position? He needs to put much effort in it. In the interview, Zhang Chao stressed the attention to details matters. He hope his experience can help Lin Gaoyuan to fly higher and walk further.