Saarbrucken: The Chinese badminton legend, Lin Dan, has crashed out of the SaarLorLux Open in the third round after losing in straight-sets to India’s World No. 64 player Subhankar Dey, 22-20, 21-19 in 45 minutes on Thursday.
The SaarLorLux Open, previously known as BMW Badminton Cup, BMW Open, Bitburger Masters and Bitburger Open, is an international badminton tournament held in Germany since 1988. It is sponsored by the German pilsner beer brewery Bitburger and German automobile company BMW.
Lin Dan who got a bye in the first round, showed his dominance by sweeping past Finnish player Henri Aarnio 21-13, 21-7 in the second round. Theoretically, Lin should have another easy outing in the third round when facing the World No. 64 Indian player, but in reality, he was sent packing earlier than expected.
It was a neck and neck race for both in the first set, as Lin Dan scored 3 consecutive points after 14-14 to lead 17-14 and 20-17. However, the two-time Olympic champion suddenly lost his focus, squandering five consecutive points to lost the first game 20-22.
Lin was clearly struggling in the second set by trailing 7-11 during the interval. Lin was able to steal the lead momentarily with 16-15, before Dey reeling off the next five points to lead at 20-16 and took the match 21-19.
The year of 2018 has been a miserable season for Lin Dan. He had only won the New Zealand Open, and had experienced seven first-round exits. His BWF World ranking also fell out of the world’s top 10.
We can only hope the best for Lin Dan where he will take on World No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan in the first round of both China and Hong Kong Open that will take place in Fuzhou next Tuesday and Kowloon two weeks from now.