INDONESIAN Taufik Hidayat crashed to a shock first-round defeat but he was not prepared to acknowledge that the winner, Chen Long of China, as a player with much promise for future.
The second seded Taufik made a late attempt to salvage his pride against the world junior champion before losing 14-21, 20-22, 19-21 in a 57-minute match.
“Chen Long did not play well and I played worse than him. That made the difference today. I tried to catch up but it was not good enough,” said the former world and Olympic champion.
“I was 17-years-old when I reached the All-England final. Chen Long is in his 20s and he is still trying to achieve something big.
“For now, I would think that the Chinese youngsters are still not there yet. They still have to depend on Lin Dan, Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin. At the same time, I think that China are facing the same problem as the other countries.”