ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 3 Du Pengyu is loving the fact that he is currently not competing in China … or anywhere in Asia.
The 25-year-old from Hubei is more relaxed competing away from the limelight back home and as such is enjoying his game a lot more.
The Denmark Open third seed was given a scare by Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the first round when he was stretched to three games but finally produced his best in demolishing Holland’s Eric Pang 21-17, 21-11 in the second round on Thursday.
The fact that Pengyu is not feeling any pressure and is in a more relaxed mood certainly spells danger for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, as the duo are expected to meet in the semi-finals.
“This is my fourth time competing in the Denmark Open and I love the fact that I’m competing in a stress-free environment,” said Pengyu.
“Back in Asia ... and China, there is so much limelight on us and it is really intense at times.
“Thus I really love the fact that I’m out of the limelight for a change … I can enjoy my game a lot more.
“Even though we are players, we just want to have some personal time to chill and relax with friends too.