Copenhagen: On Tuesday, men’s singles second seed Chen Long got his campaign started at the badminton World Championships in Copenhagen. He dispatched his opponent Luka Wraber of Austria with ease in the opener to remain on course for a clash with Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the second round.
“Today’s match allows me to find my rhythm, to get used to the stadium, and to get a sense of the shuttlecock’s speed,” said Chen Long. In today’s game, Chen Long took the first set 21-8 quickly, but was once trailing 1-4 at the beginning of second set. After some adjustments, Chen Long surged to level the score at 6-6, and then reeled off to clinch the second set 21-10. The match concluded in just 36 minutes.
When speaking to reporters after the match, Chen Long vowed not to repeat the same mistake that cost him a first round exit in the 2011 World Championships. In August 2011, Chen was eliminated in the first round of the World Championships by unheralded Guatemalan player Kevin Cordón in what was one of the shock results of the tournament. Cordón emerged the victor after clinching the third set 27–25 in a thrilling encounter.
“Before the match, I reminded myself to stay focused, because I’ve learned a valuable lesson from my first round exit to an unknown player in the 2011 World Championships,” said Chen Long.
Chen Long was defeated by Lin Dan in the semi-final of the World Championships in Guangzhou last year.
“This is my third world championships, I’ve been through some successes and failures in the last few years, and I am more mature now,” added Chen Long.
The world number two player also admitted the pressure of winning a World Champion title is weighing on his mind.
“You definitely feel the pressure here. Some of my friends would like me to win the World Championship, but I am not overthinking, I just want to play one game at a time.”