Chengdu: Two times Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan’s recent form has been a bust as he only won the Asia Championships but fell short in other six tournaments he has participated this year.
Moreover, some analysts have calculated the overall percentage of Lin Dan winning a tournament this year is 14.3%, while he was at 50% in 2013 and 62.5% in 2014. Meanwhile, the chances of Chen Long winning a tournament this year is 57.14%, and Lee Chong Wei is at 66.7%.
Well, if you think Lin Dan is riding into the sunset of his career, you might want to think again. Lin Dan had an internal match with Chen Long at the Chinese national badminton team training camp in Chengdu in preparation for the world championships, and Lin was every bit as dominant as it sounds, defeating Chen Long 2-1. Undoubtedly, Lin still has plenty fuel left in his tank and is fully prepared to capture his sixth world title in Jakarta.
In a last minute adjustment, the Chinese badminton team has decided to drop Yu Xiaohan/Ou Dongni from the China world championships women’s doubles squad. It was definitely a very unfortunate circumstances for Yu/Ou who have qualified for the event on merit. They will be replaced by Tang Yuanting and Ma Jin who were deemed more promising than Yu/Ou.