FOUR-time world champion Lin Dan of China expressed surprise after reaching the men’s singles final of the World Championships.
Without any high-level competition for a year, Lin Dan gave a solid performance on Saturday to beat surprise semi-finalist Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam 21-17, 21-15 in 49 minutes.
It will be Lin Dan’s sixth final appearance in his eighth World Championships.
He was the winner in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
In fact, he had also beaten Lee Chong Wei in the 2011 final.
After pulling off some brilliant moves en route to the victory over Tien Minh, Lin Dan was full of praise for his opponent.