Sporting logic suggests you must beat the best if you want to be the best.
If you ever question the logic, just ask Indonesia poster boy Anthony Ginting.
The World number 13 seed became China Open Champion on Sunday having done it the hard way – beating four World Champions en route to the Super 1000 trophy on badminton’s World Tour.
Ginting, often the quiet man in Indonesia’s set-up, spoke loudest in a draw which eventually saw him face reigning world champion Kento Momota in Sunday’s final.
Strangely Ginting went into Sunday with more optimism than most would muster – he has been only one of two players to beat Momota in 2018 –at last month’s Asian Championships.
This time his 23-21 21-19 win in a hugely entertaining men’s singles final was still considered a shock of sorts given the Japanese star’s 93%-win-rate this year, but the manner of Ginting’s form – a sizzling hot streak - makes it less of a surprise.
Downed before Momoto were Lin Dan, Viktor Axelsen and Chen Long – a quartet with the pedigree and standing in the game for which even giant-killing is not an adequate adjective.
Amidst the dismantling of these World Champions came a defeat of world number five Chou Tien Chen, himself a player in arguably the best form of his career to date, a result which in other draws would be attention grabbing enough.
Next up for Ginting, the Korean Open, where he’s seventh seed, he plays Lucas Corvee of France in the first round.