Lin furious with All England final showing

Lin Dan

Lin Dan was frustrated at his failure to play to his potential in the final of the Yonex All England Open championship as he went down to Shi Yuqi in three sets.

At 34 years-of-age, Lin is 12 years older than Shi. Prior to Sunday, Lin had also won the All England Open, the oldest tournament in Badminton, six times while his Chinese compatriot had never tasted success in Birmingham.

With the above in mind, Lin was the favourite however he ended up losing the match 21-19, 16-21, 21-9.

Speaking afterwards, Lin admitted that he was angered by his below par execution.

“I think in the first two games it was a normal performance for both me and Shi, but I think in the third game there is a bit of a problem with mentality,” said Lin.

“I made more errors so I think that’s what I’m not very happy about.”

Despite the disappointment, any thoughts of an imminent retirement announcement from the two-time Olympic gold medallist were thwarted.

“In my heart, if everything goes well I definitely want to come back in 2019 because I look forward to playing in the All England each year,” Lin added.

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