COPENHAGEN: In a country where five-time world champion Lin Dan is the king of badminton, it is easy to overlook the others.
Just ask former world junior champion Wang Zhengming.
Although the 25-year-old Zhengming has been in the shadows of two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, he is not blaming anyone but himself for not stepping up to the plate.
That’s why Zhengming has pledged to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing World Championships – although it means he will have to beat top seed Lee Chong Wei, who is in his same quarter, along the way.
“How many times do I have to keep losing to Chong Wei ... I’m just so frustrated. I’m no longer a junior and I do not see many more years ahead of me,” he said.
Zhengming, who won the world junior title in 2008, has lost to Chong Wei 11 times since the first round of the 2009 Macau Open.
Zhengming also said that he is not ready to follow compatriot Du Pengyu, who quit the national team just before the World Championships.
“I respect his decision. I’m still driven by one thing – to qualify for the next Olympic Games (in Rio de Janeiro in 2016). I know a country can have two representatives at the Games ... I hope to be one of them,” said the modest Zhengming, who will take on Czech Republic’s Petr Koukal in the second round on Wednesday.
If he wins, he is likely to face Hong Kong’s Wei Nan for a place in the last eight.