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Chen Yufei: 5 things you need to know about PV Sindhu's next opponent in Denmark Open

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The next big thing in badminton
The next big thing in badminton

China has been known to create some incredible badminton stars over the years. Such is the passion for racquet sports in the country, that undoubtedly table tennis and badminton are ruled by Chinese players on a regular basis. But its fair to argue that Chinese badminton has been going through somewhat of a rough patch lately.

With Lin Dan falling to third in the overall rankings and no female badminton star in the top 5 of the women's rankings, its safe to say that China needs one of their younger players to take the baton and continue the race to the top.

One of the Chinese players aiming to do just that is fledgling starlet Chen Yufei. Following her successful run in the junior championships, the next big thing in the sport has starred at the senior level with regular medal performances on the world stage. Her nemesis of sorts as of late? India's PV Sindhu.

The Olympic medallist is on a path of destruction of her own and faces off against Yufei at the Denmark Open, hoping to get past the youngster in her bid to win another top honour. But beating this feisty kid may be a harder task than one might imagine. Here's why:

#5 Defending BWF World Junior Champion

BWF World Junior Champion in 2016
BWF World Junior Champion in 2016

Chen Yufei has been mixing it up at the senior world stage just recently but her name is well known around the circuit thanks to her impressive performances at the junior level. Apart from performing brilliantly in the team events for her country, she has consistently taken over the singles division on the under 19 stage, most recently capturing the BWF World Junior Championship title, a tournament that an innocent-looking Saina Nehwal once won in 2008. The victory in 2016 well and truly put her on the map and she's been going all guns blazing ever since. She is certainly one to watch out for.

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