KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Lin Dan has a chance to become the shuttler with the most number of titles at the World Championships.
And that, according to Badminton Association of Malaysia technical director Morten Frost, will be the driving force behind Lin Dan’s quest for glory at this year’s world meet in Glasgow, Scotland, from Aug 21-27.
Lin Dan, South Korean legend Park Joo-bong and Zhao Yunlei of China have five world titles each.
Joo-bong, now the head coach of Japan, has won two men’s doubles and three mixed doubles crowns while Zhao Yunlei, who retired last year, has triumphed twice in women’s doubles and thrice in mixed doubles.
“Every player wants to make history and Lin Dan is no different,” said Frost of the two-time Olympic champion.
“People say that Lin Dan is satisfied with the five he has won, but I believe he will go all out for title No. 6 and become the most successful player in the world series.”
Frost also expects Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei to be just as motivated in his bid to win his first world title – after missing the mark in nine previous outings.
“It’ll be great for the fans if Lin Dan and Chong Wei meet in the final,” said Frost. “Both have a good reason to go for glory and that’ll make the men’s singles an interesting affair.”
Chong Wei had fallen short in three world meet finals – in Wembley 2011, Guangzhou 2013 and Jakarta 2015.
But Frost was quick to point out that there were other title contenders as well, like defending champion Chen Long, India’s K. Srikanth and South Korean Son Wan-ho.