PETER Gade Christensen aims to say goodbye to the Thomas Cup by collecting some memorable scalps. And Malaysia are in his way.
The 35-year-old said a win over Malaysia in Group C on Tuesday will be key to Denmark entering the semi-finals.
And he feels that Denmark have a better chance of beating Malaysia in a neutral venue. Malaysia edged Denmark 3-2 in Kuala Lumpur two years ago to reach the semi-finals but Christensen believes they now have a slight advantage, playing in China.
"Some say home ground advantage may not necessarily be good but I would say it helped Malaysia in 2010 but now we are playing in China and Denmark can beat Malaysia."
However, Christensen conceded that Lee Chong Wei will be too strong for him in the first singles. But he feels that doubles Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen and Jonas Rasmussen-Mads Condrad Petersen should give Denmark the upper hand.
A back injury to Hans Kristian Vittingghus has been a concern where the player only arrived last night after undergoing treatment in South Africa.
However, Christensen said former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen is an able replacement if Vittinghus is unavailable.
As Christensen looks forward to a close match against traditional rivals Malaysia, Jan Jorgensen, the second singles, looks good for a point against Liew Daren.
"This is my last Thomas Cup and I want to end my campaign with a medal. To get an easier path to the semi-finals, the group match with Malaysia will be very important where we must beat them," said Christensen.
Malaysia plan to counter Denmark’s doubles strength with a scratch combination and it will be interesting if Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How are tried out as the second doubles against Rasmussen-Petersen.