Lin feeling tired ahead of SCG Thailand Open  
Published on 05/06/2012     Source : Bangkok Post

Olympic champion Lin Dan of China yesterday played down his chances of winning this week's SCG Thailand Open badminton championships.

The world No.2 said he is currently feeling both physically and mentally tired after leading China to the Thomas Cup earlier this month.

The 28-year-old, who is the top seed in the men's singles, said there are a large number of good players in the Thailand Open as well as several young players who are relatively unknown.

And he thinks some of the lesser-known performers could produce a shock.

''I will do my best,'' said the 2008 Thailand Open winner.

''I will try to go out and have fun.''

Lin arrived on Sunday night and admitted he should have come here a few days earlier to get used to the weather and the stadium.

Other players in the men's event include Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana, world No.18 Tommy Sugiarto, Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia and Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia.

In the women's singles, India's world No.5 Saina Nehwal is the top seed with other contenders including China's world No.39 Li Han and Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon.

The qualifying round will take place today at the CU Sports Complex, Chulalongkorn University. The tournament proper begins tomorrow and ends on Sunday. Admission is free.


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