Lin Dan admits to feeling the pressure

Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan got the final off to a good start for China when they downed Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa 21-17, 20-22, 21-17 in the men's doubles, before Li Xuerui saw off the challenge of Akane Yamaguchi 23-21, 21-14 in the women's singles.

The stage was set for Lin Dan to seal the tie and he did just that, beating Takuma Ueda 21-15, 21-13 in the men's singles to secure a 3-0 win for China.

Despite being very much accustomed to playing in pressure situations, Lin Dan admitted that he struggled with nerves in the final.

"I had the confidence to beat Ueda, but I couldn’t tell why I felt a little nervous and pressure when I played the game," he said. "We wanted to have the consecutive win to keep the Sudirman Cup in China."

The 31-year-old unleashed a massive jump for joy after claiming victory, and he explained that his jubilation was as a result of great pleasure he derived from contributing to his country's cause.

"[The win] means a lot to me because I was in the men’s singles for the finals and made the contribution for our team’s win,” he said.

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