Malaysian shuttlers seek Thomas Cup fame at home (2)

10:08, May 14, 2010      

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"Malaysia had a difficult trip to the semifinals, but that could be a profit instead. Moreover, they have the home advantage and also support from the local fans," said Li Yongbo.

"However, we are more balanced in the lineup and our players are all mentally prepared."

As for the first singles clash, Li kept cautious about the result.

"Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan are obviously the leading duo in men's singles," he said. "It won't be a surprise if Lin Dan loses the first point. We will prepare in two ways according to a win or loss."

Lin Dan, the former world No. 1, was defeated by Lee Chong Wei in the first singles match in the 2008 Thomas Cup semifinals where China finally edged out Malaysia 3-2 before they beat South Korea in the final to clinch the men's title for a third straight time.

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