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.”
Taufik added that the defeat yesterday would not dampen his spirit in his preparation for the world championships in Hyderabad in August.
“I will continue to practice and practice to be ready for the championships,” said the 2005 world champion.
Meanwhile, Taufik felt that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) would review having the world championships annually except for the Olympic year.
“I have shared this opinion before. I hope that they will make it a biennial affair as it was before. I feel that the tournament now is like another Super Series event. One should not lose the enthusiasm to compete in the world championships,” he said.