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PETALING JAYA: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China is not in a rush to get back to the top of the world rankings. Instead, he prefers to enjoy the matches and spend more time with his family.
Yesterday, Lin Dan competed in his first competitive match – since last year’s London Olympics – in the first round of the Asian Badminton Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
He showed no signs of rust as he easily disposed of Vietnam’s Do Tuan Duc 21-12, 21-6.
The 29-year-old four-time world champion later told reporters that it was good to be back in action after an extended leave of almost eight months.
“It wasn’t a bad performance by my standards as I’ve never played against the Vietnamese before. Anyway, this was my first international match in eight months,” said Lin Dan.
“It certainly feels a little different playing in a competitive match after being out for so long and it took me a little while to adapt.
“Right now my goal is just to keep playing well and improve one match at a time.
“It won’t be easy to get back into the top of the rankings because now I’m ranked only 42nd in the world and I’ll need to play a lot more matches.
“However, my priority is still to spend more time with my family and I’m not looking too far ahead. Just the matches in front of me now and one at a time.”
Lin Dan faces Hong Kong’s Hu Yun next in the second round.
Third seed Hu Yun was made to slog before prevailing over Thai youngster Poodchalat Pisit 21-19, 9-21, 21-10.
Top seed Chen Long also stayed in the hunt for his first Asian title by beating Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long 21-12, 24-22. He will take on South Korea’s Lee Dong-keun, who defeated Uzbekistan’s Oleg Savatukin, next.
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