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When US Open kicks off on Tuesday, Lin Dan is in the top of the draw and he is huge favorite to take home the title.
It was not many minutes Lin Dan got on court at the Thomas Cup. But when US Open takes off next week he is favorite to go all the way.
Chasing points for the world ranking
US Open is not the type of tournament where you usually find Lin Dan. The Chinese superstar might be going to the US Open to sharpen his form towards Malaysia Open. On previous occasions Lin Dan has cancelled on tournaments in the last minute, so it should be exciting to see if he actually shows up.
There is no doubt he needs the points for the world ranking so he can get into top 8, which will ensure he won’t meet the best players before a potential quaterfinal. And with the upcoming world cup, Lin Dan must eye an oppotunity to win yet another Championships. To make that possible he needs the points.
In the first round he faces Lee Dong Keun from Korea.
The main competitors for Lin Dan is of course second seed Verma from India, but also Jan O Jorgensen who is struggling to find his old form will do all he can to go all the way.