GUANGZHOU - China's badminton superstar Lin Dan made it through to the quarter-finals of the world championships Thursday, with arch rival Lee Chong Wei also booking a place.
"Super Dan" made a shaky start against Malaysian Chong Wei Feng, who surged to a 7-2 lead in the first game of their third-round match.
Defending champion Lin, who had not been stretched in his first two matches, came under pressure from 15th seed Chong and was forced to dive around the court as his opponent found all the angles.
Lin vented his frustration, talking to himself and hitting his head with his racket in the first game after he sent a shot wide.
"I didn't have a good start today because we had only played two matches before and I wasn't used to his style and tactics," Lin told reporters after the match.