Paris: It used to be that Lin Dan’s crashing out of a tournament in a first round would prompt the biggest headlines in badminton. But in a year in which Lin Dan has fallen short of the high standard he has set for himself, each subsequent loss seems less newsworthy.
The latest came Wednesday afternoon at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Paris, with third-ranked Lin Dan falling, 21-14, 11-21, 17-21 to Indian shuttler, world No. 16 H. S. Prannoy in 70 minutes. No longer was the dominant presence he once was, Lin also sent packing in the first round at the Australian Open and Indonesia Open in May and in June of this year.
Happy 33rd birthday to Lee Chong Wei!(photo: Lee Chong Wei's FB)