@ chinese officials..
Beijing, Dec 17: China's top tennis officials have also blasted their top ranking women's tennis players as "chokers" for the lacklustre performance at the games, especially for losing to lower-ranking players, including Sania.
"There is nothing wrong their techniques and experience. But it's terribly wrong with their minds," said furious Chinese tennis chief Sun Jinfang.
They criticised the mediocre performances from women's tennis players who lost their singles and doubles semi-finals on Tuesday, saying their was a lack of professionalism in the players.
China's Olympic champions Li Ting and Sun Tiantian lost their doubles semi-final to Chan Yung Jan and Chuang Chia Jung from Chinese Taipei in a score of 6-3, 6-2.
Moreover, Leander Paes and Sania also defeated the Chinese pair of Yu Xinyuan/Sun Tiantian 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in the mixed doubles semi-finals.
"They (Li Na, Li Ting/Sun Tiantian) are absolutely strong enough to win gold medals. But they haven't reached a level of professionalism on which they are supported to be," said Sun, also director of the Chinese tennis administrative centre.
"It's normal to make mistakes and lag behind in the competition. But as professional players, you should never just give up. It doesn't matter if you lose a game. It matters a lot if you lose the spirit of fighting.
"You should keep level-headed when you enter a game. World rankings don't mean anything. You have to face the challenge from lower-ranked but hard-fighting rivals. These (Chinese) players are chokers when pressure is mounting."