Attached an article from The Star today: Chinese ace Lin Dan pulls out of Thailand Open By RAJES PAUL PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's world number one men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei's hope of exacting revenge against China's Lin Dan in the Thailand Open was dashed when the Chinese pulled out of the championships. Tomorrow, Chong Wei begins his campaign in the US$80,000 Thailand Open badminton championships after crashing out at the last hurdle in the Macau Open, which ended on Sunday. Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan, the world No. 2, 18-21, 21-18, 18-21 in a closely contested men's singles final. It was their third consecutive final showdown within a month. In June, Chong Wei beat Lin Dan to win the Malaysia Open in Kuching. A week later Lin Dan triumphed at the Taiwan Open. To date, both have played each other seven times. Besides the last three consecutive final encounters this year, Chong Wei had beaten Lin Dan in last year's Malaysian Open but suffered defeats at the 2004 Thomas Cup Finals qualifying round, 2005 Hong Kong Open and 2006 All-England. Chong Wei is aiming to do well in the Thailand Open to put himself in good stead for the World Championships, scheduled to be held in Madrid from Sept 18-24. On his narrow loss to Lin Dan last Sunday, Chong Wei said: “I used to get beaten by Lin Dan easily. Now, I am able to make him sweat for points. I may not be on par with him yet but I am catching up. “I can only promise to give another good showing if I do meet him again.” With Lin Dan out, Chong Wei's main challenger will be world No.3 Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark. The Dane is drawn in the bottom half and his toughest opponents are Chen Jin of China and Malaysia's Hafiz Hashim. Chong Wei is in the top half of the draw and meets China's dangerous upcoming start Chen Yu in the second round. The Chinese has a reputation of hitting top form when up against a higher ranked player. If Chong Wei clears this hurdle, he is expected to take on South Korean Lee Hyun-il in the quarter-finals. And if Chong Wei gets through, his semi-final opponent could be China's Chen Hong or Bao Chunlai.