Spearheaded by World No. 1 Lin Dan, China cruised to a 5-0 win over
all-amateur squad of India and clinched their first win at the Doha Asian Games
Lin Dan jumps to smash the
shuttlecock during Chinese badminton team's first game in Doha Asian Games
against India November 30, 2006. China cruised to a 5-0 win.
Lin, China's first singles, however, only managed for a two-point win in his
first set 21-19 after his Indian rival Anup Sridhar struggled for a 19-19
"He played in a very strange way," Lin said of his first rival at
the Asiad. "Anyway I won, and I just used the first clash to adjust myself to
the venue here", said the 23-year-old, who finished the second set 21-11 in just
The Asian Games gather nearly all the world ace shuttlers except those from
Denmark, including Indonesia's Olympic gold medalist and World Champions winner
Taufik Hidayat, Lin's long time arch rival and Malaysia's sensation Lee Chong
Lin, who had never won an Olympic or Asian Games gold, vowed to pocket the
gold in Doha.
"It is likely that my big rivals here will come from my teammates," Lin said
of his road to the Doha Games gold. "I have a strong feeling that Bao Chunlai
and I will meet in the final if both of us play well".
He was referring his teammate and world No. 6 seed Bao Chunlai, who was upset
by Lin in the World Champions final this year.
"But if we meet in the knockouts before the final, I will still go all out to
play. It will be my respect for my teammate and I believe he shares the same