Badminton superstar Lin Dan moved effortlessly through to the second round of the world championships in China's Guangzhou on Monday, putting in a powerful performance after a year on the sidelines.
The reigning world champion trounced American Sattawat Pongnairat 21-6, 21-9 and although the Chinese player was hardly stretched, the man regarded by many as the sport's best ever player showed flashes of classic play.
Lin stays on course to meet arch rival Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia if both make it to the tournament final after being placed in opposite halves of the draw, as world number one Lee also beat his first round opponent.
"I didn't slow down the pace at any point," Lin said after the match.
"My coach just told me to make sure I got to 21 points and that was my main goal."
Delicate touches at the net, powerful smashes and athleticism around the court belied the fact that this was only the fourth international game for "Super Dan" since taking Olympic gold in London.