'One-dimensional Chinese' to all-conquering 'Super Dan', Pullela Gopichand remembers Lin Dan's evolution
Gopichand, who was in the last leg of his international career when Lin Dan was coming up as another lightning-quick player from the Chinese stable, played the latter thrice (across 2001 and 2002), and beat him on two occasions.
Forget cold statistics, for the X-factor needed for any player to qualify for the title of the Greatest Of All Time, there appears to be no need to look beyond Lin Dan.
"Remember how everybody said cricket will not be the same anymore when Sachin retired? I think it is a bit like that with Lin Dan's retirement," Prannoy said.
Badminton's greatest rivalry meets its inevitable end as Lin Dan follows Lee Chong Wei into retirement
Lin Dan, known for his ability to suddenly up the ante in the middle of a match, won two Olympics gold medals, won the World Championships five times and the prestigious All-England crown on six occasions
Lin Dan's retirement marks the end of his two-decade-long storied career. He is also known as "Super Dan" and is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players in history.
Lin Dan has won all the sport’s major titles, including five world championships’ gold medals.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Four years from quarter-final run in Rio, Kidambi Srikanth's chances of qualification are fading quickly
There are simply not enough tournaments left for Srikanth to collect the 8,000+ points required to overtake Gemke and finish in the top-16, even if he puts in a late gallop and finishes among the medals at these competitions
Centre asks Badminton federation to provide clarity on health status of Chinese shuttlers participating in India Open
Badminton Association of India is optimistic about China's participation in the India Open despite fears surrounding the coronavirus as Chinese shuttlers were in quarantine for almost a fortnight in Europe
BWF China Open 2019: Lin Dan vows to fight for Olympic qualification till the end despite suffering eighth first-round loss of season
Lin, who earned the nickname 'Super Dan' during his pomp, has always said that he wanted to end his career with another tilt at Games gold
BWF Denmark Open 2019: PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth make impressive starts to reach second round; Parupalli Kashyap ousted
Fifth seed Sindhu, who had made early exits in China and Korea, got back her bearing as she overcame former World Junior Champion Gregoria 22-20 21-18 in 38 minutes to keep her 5-0 record intact against the Indonesian.
BWF Chinese Taipei Open 2019: Top seed Saina Nehwal favourite to lift trophy; Sourabh Verma looks to repeat 2016 title run
On a comeback trail since regaining fitness, a former top 10 player H S Prannoy is another Indian shuttler to look out for during the week
BWF World Championships 2019: HS Prannoy leaves Lin Dan gasping for breath, regains old touch with win over familiar foe
HS Prannoy beat the highly-decorated Chinese Lin Dan 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 which brings his head to head record against the five-time world champion at 3-2
BWF World Championships 2019: HS Prannoy stuns Lin Dan in three-game contest; B Sai Praneeth advances in straight games
In the pre quarter-finals, Prannoy will meet top seed Kento Momota of Japan whom he has never beaten in five matches
Lee Chong Wei's stellar 19-year badminton career in interactive graphics, from World No 1 to sport's beloved nearly man
His spirit wants him to fight, but his body can't. For once, the stoic Lee Chong Wei knew he had to accept defeat.
Lee was very much his own man, and crystal-clear in his mind as to the style and quantum of training that suited him best.
Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei announces retirement from badminton after an illustrious 19-year career
Former World No 1 Malaysia’s most successful badminton player, Lee Chong Wei announced retirement from professional badminton after an illustrious career.
Australian Open Badminton 2019: Sameer Verma avenges Sudirman Cup defeat by Lee Zii Jia; Sai Praneeth, PV Sindhu advance
Sameer Verma avenged his Sudirman Cup defeat by Lee Zii Jia in the first round of the Australian Open while compatriots B Sai Praneeth and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round.
New Zealand Open 2019: HS Prannoy stuns Tommy Sugiarto to win in straight games; B Sai Praneeth eliminated by Lin Dan
Unseeded Prannoy shocked second seed Sugiarto 21-14, 21-12 in just 37 minutes to book his place in the last-eight round, where he will be up against fifth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan
Singapore Open 2019 preview: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma get favourable draws; Lin Dan runs into Viktor Axelsen first up
For the Indian badminton fan, the very name of the Singapore Open conjures up a heart-warming image of two batchmates and sparring partners at the Pullela Gopichand Academy jousting for the gold medal in the summit clash
Firstpost Spodcast Episode 179: Kolkata Knight Riders' win over Rajasthan, G Sathiyan qualifying for table tennis World Cup and more
In this episode of Spodcast, Firstpost's daily news podcast, we discuss Kolkata Knight Riders' victory over Rajasthan Royals, G Sathiyan clinching table tennis World Cup spot and more.