Last year on Aug 5, Lin Dan of China crushed the hopes of Lee Chong Wei in the final of the London Olympic Games.
Yesterday, on the exact same date, Lin Dan began his quest for his fifth world crown in the World Championships in blistering fashion by packing off Sattawat Pongnairat of United States with a 21-6, 21-9 win in 27 minutes.
When asked whether he remembered the date, the unseeded Lin Dan replied in a jest: “No, I do not remember it, you mean one year has passed by so quickly.”
Earlier, after the brilliant start against an unheralded player, he was in a mood to speak up for the lesser known players.
“All players should have a career in badminton. The focus is so much on the champions – the other players deserve the attention too,” he said.