World Badminton Championships 2018: Lin Dan makes light work of Mark Caljouw, Viktor Axelsen sees off Duarte Nuno Anjo in 26 minutes

Lin Dan got off to a strong start in front of home support in Nanjing and top seed Victor Axelsen also did incredibly well to breeze past his opposition in just 26 minutes.

Agence France-Presse July 30, 2018 14:51:21 IST
World Badminton Championships 2018: Lin Dan makes light work of Mark Caljouw, Viktor Axelsen sees off Duarte Nuno Anjo in 26 minutes

Nanjing: Chinese superstar Lin Dan rolled back the years and made a fast start to his challenge at the badminton World Championships on Monday.

World Badminton Championships 2018 Lin Dan makes light work of Mark Caljouw Viktor Axelsen sees off Duarte Nuno Anjo in 26 minutes

Lin Dan got off to a stellar start in the opening round of the Badminton World Championships in Nanjing, beating Mark Caljouw. AFP

The 34-year-old is seeking a sixth world title. In front of a partisan crowd in Nanjing, "Super Dan" made light work of Dutchman Mark Caljouw, winning 21-14, 21-14 in 49 minutes.

Viktor Axelsen, the top seed and reigning champion from Denmark, was even more emphatic, needing just 26 minutes to thrash Duarte Nuno Anjo of Portugal 21-8, 21-7 in a mismatch.

Also safely through on the first day of action was China's third seed Shi Yuqi, a comfortable 21-13, 21-11 winner over Adam Mendrek of the Czech Republic.

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