8th Malaysian Title for Chong Wei
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
One of the hottest news of the nowadays Badminton is Lee Chong Wei’s 8th Malaysian title. This is one of the best ever performance by him. Not only this, but he also equaled his compatriot Wong Peng Soon's record of eight home Open titles with his 41st career tournament victory and 22 OSIM BWF World Superseries crown.
Chong Wei’s other wins in the Malaysia Open came in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and last year. Lee Chong Wei also known as “ King of The Superseries” due to his dominant performance in badminton tournaments.
Immediately after his victory, Chong Wei declared he will try for a record ninth Malaysia Open title before quitting the sport in 2013. “It feels great to have equaled a legend’s record and now I have set my sights on winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal,” said Chong Wei after his career memorable win.
Lee Chong Wei also said “There is the Thomas Cup and the All England, which are very important tournaments. I may play in one or two more tournaments but that’s it. All focus will be geared towards the London Olympics.”
The Malaysian, who was already hoping to win his home tournament for a record equaling eighth time also defeated Chen Long in three thrilled and tight games and make a great start of 2012. Lee Chong Wei also beaten world no 2 Lin Dan in the finals in the first tournament of this year Victor Korea Open.
“It feels good to have beaten the world No.2 (Lin Dan) in South Korea last week and now the world No. 3. It is an important boost as the Olympics will be held this year” said the World no 1 Lee Chong Wei.
He also claimed that “Lin Dan may have lost out on the opening two tournaments of the year, but I believe he and the rest of the Chinese players will surely be at their best by the time the Olympics roll around. As such, I have to keep on my toes and train as hard as I normally do.”
Lee Chong Wei defeated Japanese Kenichi Tago 21-6, 21-13 in just 37 minutes to win the Maybank Malaysia Open badminton championships crown on Sunday in Kuala Lampur at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Chong Wei was simply in smashing form as he easily took the first game 21-6 in just 13 minutes.
In the second game, Kenichi Tago offered a bit more resistance than the previous game but Chong Wei was not to be denied and ended the match at 21-13 with a jumping smash that sent the Japanese player sprawling.
Thousands of supporters rose to their feet for Lee Chong Wei and supported him till the end of the match. Tago, looked puzzled by the capacity of the crowd who generated tons of noise inside the hall and supported Lee Chong Wei. Tago said “I tried my best today, but Chong Wei was just too good. The crowd was also fantastic and very noisy”
The victory earned him US$30,000 (RM93,990).
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