Lin, Lee play down likely duel in badminton worlds final
Glasgow: China's Lin Dan and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will focus more on themselves than the elusive highly-anticipated contest between the arch-rivals in World Badminton Championships final.
At a press conference here on Sunday, the veterans shrugged off too much comment on the duel, saying that they needed to focus on every match ahead, reports Xinhua news agency.
The two great shuttlers have been drawn into different halves in Glasgow. If they clash in the final, it will be the 40th career duel between them, one as the five-time world champion, the other making four appearances in a row in the World Championships final.
"Compared with the draw, one more important thing is that we need to do our best, as every player is tough to beat," commented Lin. He echoed: "I need to focus more on myself, because there are many strong opponents in men's singles ahead."
"This year, I have nothing to lose, and just fight. The draw is quite tough for me, so I just try my best," he added.
According to the draw, Lee, in the bottom half, might book a possible quarter-final clash with Olympic champion Chen Long of China, whom he lost to in Rio Olympics final.