Friday, July 22, 2011
Malaysia's world no.1 men singles badminton player, Lee Chong Wei, 28 hopes to win the elusive World Championship title on his sixth attempt when the competition gets underway in London from August 8 to August 14th, 2011.
Chong Wei has won everything that the world badminton has to offer except the World Championship title and the Olympic Gold.
His best performance in the World Championship was a semifinalist in the 2005 edition in Anaheim, California, USA where he was beaten by eventual winner and 2004 Olympics Champion, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia. Taufik is also Chong Wei's close friend.
His worst performance in the World Championship was the 2007 edition in front of his home crowd in Kuala Lumpur where Chong Wei lost in the 3rd round to Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro.
In the 2010 World Championships held in Paris, Chong Wei again lost to Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat in the quarterfinals and attributed his loss to a back injury.
Chong Wei also lost in the quarterfinal stage in the 2006 World Championship in Madrid and the 2009 World Championship in Hyderabad, India.
Malaysia came close to winning the World Championship men singles title in 2003 but Wong Choon Han lost to Xia Xuanze of China in the final in Birmingham, England.
Chong Wei feels he has a better chance of winning the World Championship title this year compared with his five previous outings, since he has been preparing well for the competition and would also arrive in Bath, London two weeks before the tournament to prepare.
"I feel more confident. This year I have won all the Super Series titles that I competed, except the Korea Open, and that gives me additional confidence and edge over the others.
"The training in Bath will also be good for us to get acclimatised with the weather conditions," he told the Malaysian media in Kuala Lumpur on 20th July 2011.
A glimpse of Lee Chong Wei's greatest moments.
In 2011, Chong Wei is in sizzling and unbeatable form.
He remains as the World number one since 2006 and won his seventh Malaysia Open title in January.
Chong Wei also won his second consecutive All England Open with a convincing straight games victory over his old nemesis and bogeyman, Lin Dan, who is the 2008 Olympic Champion and 3 time World Champion.
On Labour Day, Chong Wei won his first ever India Open and also his third consecutive Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title a week later.
In late June 2011, he won the Indonesia Open, becoming the first non-Indonesian player to complete the hat-trick in the tournament.
Can Chong Wei win the 2011 World Championship?
Malaysia Can!! Malaysia Boleh!! GO CHONG WEI GO, MAKE MALAYSIA PROUD!!!