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The Yonex Swiss Open 2017 kicked off yesterday. Lin Dan (Seeded no 1) in the tournament played his first match late last night. His match was against Arnaud Merkle from France. Merkle is only 17 years old with a world ranking of 293. Clearly the youngster was not up to the match of Lin Dan’s technique and experience.
In the second set, on match point 20-5, Lin Dan completely trolled the youngster by extending the rally. Lin Dan simply kept on lifting/clearing the shuttle to the back court of his opponent. The rally lasted 33 shots. Lin Dan even included his TRADEMARK TRICKSHOT during the rally. The crowd too started laughing as the rally progressed.
Lin Dan, in an interview after the quarter finals Against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, said that he wasn’t doing very good physically. The next day he lost to his junior Shi Yuqi,thus spoiling the possibility of a Lin- Lee All England Final. A match in which Lin Dan did not seem to put in an effort. It is a little bewildering to see him play the Swiss Yonex Open if what he said about his physical condition is true.
Has the mind wars began this year again? Is Lin Dan purposefully trying to stay away from a clash against Lee Chong Wei in these months before the World Championships?
Watch the video of the rally below where Lin Dan trolled the youngster.