GUANGZHOU: The great rivalry between badminton superstars Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan has spiced up the sport but little do fans know that they actually share a common interest in fast cars.
Chong Wei, who beat his nemesis in the men’s singles final of the All-England last Sunday to retain the title, said they talked about their cars during the prize presentation.
“Whenever we meet each other, our topic of conversation will be cars,” Chong Wei was quoted by the Guangzhou Daily.
The Malaysian world No.1 shuttler is in Guangzhou to fulfil his obligations to play in two matches in the China Badminton Super League.
“I would usually ask Lin Dan: Did you change a new car? When he meets me, the question would be the same,” said Chong Wei in the report.
Chong Wei, 28, who is only one year older than his rival, revealed that both of them were driving Nissan GTRs and his was a sleek grey model while Lin Dan has a black one.
Chong Wei also has a BMW X6 coupe while Lin Dan also owns a Porsche and a Land Rover.
“He got more cars than me,” quipped Chong Wei.
On Thursday, Chong Wei overcame gutsy Du Pengyu of Zhejiang Yinjiang Club for a 14-21, 21-19, 21-10 win to help Guangzhou Yueyu Club levelled the overall score at 2-2 in the fourth match.
But Zhejiang won the tie 3-2 through Sang Yang-Xu Chen who outplayed Wang Zhengming-Chen Zhiben 21-16, 21-10 in the deciding mixed doubles match.
Chinese fans may miss another Chong Wei-Lin Dan showdown within a week when Guangzhou Yueyu meet Bayi Dongling Liangyou in today’s match.
Lin Dan, who maintained a 17-match unbeaten record throughout last season and this season in the league, said that he was still unsure whether he could play against Chong Wei as he would be busy with commercial shoot obligations.
With his win in the All-England, Chong Wei brought to an end to his two consecutive losses to Lin Dan at the Asian Games men’s singles final last November and the final of the Korean Open in January.
However, Lin Dan still holds a 17-8 win-loss record against Chong Wei.