On October 24th, Beijing time, the Beijing Pearl Challenge was the first competition between Liu Yiyi and Pan Yanhong since the outbreak. They performed well in the Oriental Pearl Country Club.
Pan Yanhong shot 220 (78-70-72), 4 above par, and won the fourth single. Liu Yiyi shot 226 (77-75-74), 10 above par, and won the ninth alone.
But if they had a choice, they might not choose to not play in the three races after the restart.
A careful analysis of their scores in the first round may lead to a conclusion. In the first round, Liu Yiyi shot 77 and tied for 13th. Pan Yanhong shot 78 and tied for 16th.
Liu Yi did not score for the first time until the 13th hole when the Eagles shot down the par-4. She shot 40 in the first nine holes. Pan Yanhong didn't score until the 11th hole, with a birdie on the par-4 hole, and shot 42 in the first nine holes.
Pan Yanhong is not the first time to experience such a long off season. She took a full year off in 2018 when she was married and had children. But she said she couldn't help but feel nervous after the first round, because there was no match for too long.
Pan Yanhong, who once won the Pearl of the Orient, said: "This stadium is actually not too difficult. The main reason is that it hasn't been a game for too long. I can't find the feeling all the time. I feel a little nervous when I go there."
Liu Yiyi feels deeper. During this time of rest, she was not without training. Although Xi'an played less off court, she practiced a lot on the practice range. The focus is on the long shot, and she hopes that her movements will be more standard. When she came to Beijing, she was full of confidence, but after the match, she came back to life.
"During the practice round, I didn't feel that the hand was born. I played a +6 stroke (78 strokes) in the pairing match. I felt that the hand was born very well," said Liu Yiyi. "This state has continued until the game. You can also see it. In the past few days, my results are getting better and better, first at 78, then 77, 75, 74."
The competition conditions of the Oriental Pearl Country Club are more difficult and not wrong. After all, champion Liu Wenbo's three-day total score is even par. However, it is normal for a player of the level like Liu Yiyi to hit a par or even a red letter in three days.
Although he is still young, Liu Yiyi has realized the harm of not playing for a long time.
"I didn't think about it before (not playing may affect my performance), I have experienced this epidemic, and I have practiced so many balls (in the practice field), and then I know this is the case." The Shaanxi girl said, "I would think before Is it because I didn’t perform well? This time I obviously feel that it has nothing to do with whether I perform well.
Liu Yiyi analyzed the place where she lost points, which is also the place where she did not practice on the practice field.
"I also have my own purpose in playing the practice field. I hope to strengthen my long shot and focus on studying my own movements," she said. "The focus is not on putting and cutting. Basically, I didn't practice in this part. This time I clearly felt it. When I have more than enough energy, I can judge the distance normally, but now, the distance feeling of putting and cutting is not well controlled."
This is purely technical. Psychologically, there is no way to train in the practice field, even in the usual off court. Like Liu Wenbo and Zhang Weiwei fighting for the championship in the last round, if you change to two players who haven't won, they will probably collapse early, let alone players who don't even fight.
"It's always shallow on paper, and you have to do it yourself if you know it." Basically the same truth is told.
The good thing is that they have at least one game experience now, which allows them to deal with the next competitions in Zhangjiagang and Hangzhou more calmly.