Lin Dan has withdrawn from the Danisa Denmark Open 2017 which is slated to start from the 17th of this month. This is the second time in a row from the Chinese superstar. He withdrew from the Denmark Open back in 2016 also.
Lin Dan does not have the most favourable draw in the tournament. Also there were chances for a rematch with Viktor Axelsen in the semifinals. The last time the two players met in the Denmark Open was in 2015. Viktor Axelsen destroyed Lin Dan 21-8, 21-7 in that match.
Lin Dan last won the Denmark Open in 2007. That is before the Beijing Olympics. That is 10 years back. The Denmark Open is played in a relatively smaller hall and is advantageous for more attacking players. Lin Dan has adopted a more rallying style of game in the recent years and this has become a disadvantage for him to play in a tournament like the Denmark Open.
A rematch with Viktor is what many badminton fans wanted. But it would have been a home game for Viktor Axelsen if they played in the semifinals. Maybe Lin Dan does not want to give away the home advantage. This makes Viktor Axelsen’s path to the final easier. Though Viktor has become the World Champion, he has never won the Denmark Open.
Lin Dan is also in the draw of the French Open which follows in the next week after the Denmark Open. It is still unsure if he will play the tournament or skip it also as well.
All other big names including Lee Chong Wei, Son Wan Ho, Chen Long, Srikanth Kidambi will be fighting for the Mens Singles title in the Denmark Open. The withdrawal of Lin Dan does not make it any less interesting. Chen Long seems to have recovered from his injury woes and Lee Chong Wei is eager to make amends for his World Championships disaster.
It may be noted that Lin Dan celebrated his 34th birthday yesterday (14th October). It seems like the Chinese Legend is not interested in combat during his birthday week. Ironically Lee Chong Wei also celebrated his 35th birthday on 13th October this month. That is a Friday the 13th. Friday the 13 is considered a very unlucky day in western countries. Can Lee Chong Wei prove it wrong? It was a pre-birthday celebration with family and friends as he will be away in Denmark on his actual birthday, which is on 21st October.