Tuesday March 5, 2013
Veteran Taufik just wants to have fun in Birmingham
INDONESIAN Taufik Hidayat is playing down his chances in this year’s All-England although it will be his last attempt to break his jinx in the world’s oldest badminton tournament.
“I feel as old as this tournament. I just want to enjoy myself here,” he quipped.
“There are so many good players out there. I know it will be my last but it is not getting any easier,” said Taufik, who is known for his deadly backhand smashes.
When asked whether he had recovered from his foot injury that saw him giving a walkover to Liew Daren in the second round of the Malaysian Open in January, Taufik brushed it off as nothing serious.
”It was nothing. I am okay and I am here,” he said. “I will be 32 this year (in August) and let’s see what I can do this time.”
Taufik’s lack of enthusiasm in the All-England can be interpreted in two ways – he has either accepted his decline in form or he is playing it low to catch his opponents off guard.
There is no denying that the world No. 21 Taufik’s form has dipped and the 2005 world champion is certain to miss the cut for this year’s World Championships in August if he fails to arrest his decline.
In the All-England, he plays hardworking Sho Sasaki of Japan in the opening round tomorrow and his fans will know if the Indonesian is serious or not in making his final All-England a successful trip.
If Taufik can clear his first few rounds, there is a possibility of him meeting Chong Wei in the semi-finals.