Many feel that Chong Wei’s (right), 12-21, 21-18, 21-14 victory in Seoul means he has struck a psychological blow, but the fact remains he still trails the Chinese maestro 19-8 in head-to-heads, but most importantly, Lin Dan has vowed to avenge his defeat on Chong Wei by beating the Malaysia in this week’s Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton.
Four-time world champion Lin Dan declared on his arrival in Malaysia that he will win his first ever Malaysia Open crown, after twice being beaten in the finals by Chong Wei.
Lin Dan (below), has never beaten Chong Wei in the Malaysia Open, but has a win over his arch rival in Kuala Lumpur when he won their match at the 2010 Thomas Cup.
The first time they met on Malaysian soil was at the 2005 Malaysia Open final which Chong Wei won 17-15, 9-15, 15-9. A year later, Chong Wei once again defeated Lin Dan in the final – despite a great fight back from Lin Dan – winning 21-18, 18-21, 23-21.
The Chinese superstar, who has also won the Olympics (2008), Asian Games (2010), BWF World Superseries Finals (2011), All England (four times) and Badminton Asia Championships (twice) as well as being a four-time winner for both the Thomas and Sudirman Cups, said he is confident of rectifying his poor record in Malaysia this year.
“I’m here to win and I think I will be able to beat Chong Wei in the final,” said the world No. 2, who suffered a three-game defeat to his Malaysian rival in Sunday’s Korea Open final.
“I’m confident. Seoul was tiring, but I’m determined to make up for the loss.”
Meanwhile, the absence of the top three men’s doubles players will give defending champions Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong the perfect opportunity to defend their title.
World No. 1s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng and South Korea’s Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae withdrew after suffering reoccurrence of old injuries while Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen are taking a break after a hectic season.
The Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton is the second of the 12-leg OSIM BWF World Superseries and offers US$400,000 in prize money.