Hollywood-styled event: An image showing the wedding invitation cards.
ODENSE (Denmark): Badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei is ready to embark on a new “mission” now that he has won the Denmark Open title.
He will walk down the aisle on Nov 9 with former national number one Wong Mew Choo, his girlfriend of 11 years.
Lee said he would put everything into ensuring “a wedding that Wong has always dreamt of”.
“It is every woman’s dream to have the best wedding, and I know how important it is to Mew Choo,” said Chong Wei. “I want to make her happy. I want to surprise her with something special. After all, she has waited for 11 years. I want to throw all my energy into my wedding preparations now,” he said, a day after edging China’s Du Pengyu to win the title on his 30th birthday.
“It has been physically draining since the London Olympic Games, but I am happy that I am still able to win titles. Now, it’s time to ensure Mew Choo has a memorable wedding,” he added.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Lee’s elder brother Chong Hoon said the guest list was so long that the customary Chinese dinner would have to be held over two evenings to accommodate the 2,500 guests.
The private tea ceremony takes place at their home on Nov 9. It will be attended by their family, relatives and closest friends.
This will be followed by two dinners – one on the same night and another on Nov 10 – at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. These are expected to be attended by sports personalities, local and foreign dignitaries and business associates.
Ten of his fans will also stand a chance to win an invitation to the wedding dinner by staying up to date with Lee’s Facebook fan page (“Lee Chong Wei Official Fans Club”).
“We will post a question as a status update,” said Chong Hoon. “The 10 best answers will win the invite.”
China – Lin Dan 林丹 is now World No. 1! Malaysia – Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 is no longer World No. 1!
Hope Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 able to excel in Olympic without any stress now as he’s no longer World No.1 so there’s nothing to hold back and just perform as what he could to win the 1st Olympic gold for Malaysia in August @ London Olympic 2012.
Chong Wei dethroned as world No. 1 after four years
KUALA LUMPUR: It’s over. Lee Chong Wei has finally been dethroned as the world No. 1 after four years at the pinnacle.
For Chong Wei, this is yet another setback that has plagued his preparation for the London Olympic Games next month.
In the latest ranking list released by the World Badminton Federation (BWF) yesterday, China’s Lin Dan, a four-time world champion, is back in familiar territory as the world No. 1, pushing Chong Wei to the second spot.
He slipped to second spot because of his absence in international tournaments following an injury to his ankle at the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan recently.
He lost valuable ranking points after failing to defend his title at last week’s Indonesian Open.
The drop in the ranking, however, will not affect Chong Wei’s seeding as the top player at the Olympics as the seedings had been done earlier based on the May 3 world ranking.
The 29-year-old Chong Wei had held the No. 1 spot since Aug 21, 2008 – a week after his lopsided loss to Lin Dan in the final of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Chong Wei, still recovering from his ankle injury, is scrambling to regain his form. This has raised doubts about his chances of challenging his nemesis and defending champion Lin Dan for the gold medal at the Olympics.
Some, however, see the setbacks – injury and drop in world ranking – as a blessing in disguise, saying it would drastically reduce the pressure on him as he tries to end the country’s elusive chase for a gold medal in his third Olympic outing.
Meanwhile, there was some good news for Olympic-bound Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong when they moved up two rungs to occupy the sixth spot in the world rankings in the men’s doubles while the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying remained at No. 8.
Malaysia’s Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 beats China’s Lin Dan 林丹 12-21, 21-18, and 21-14 at the Korea Open Super Series badminton championships in Seoul, South Korea yesterday to win his first title of the year. Finally!
OMG did you notice Lin Dan hair style?! So damn “Leong” lor… Haha… Would all the China men follow his hairstyle now? You wanna cut such hair style boh? Haha.
No matter where Lee Chong Wei place the shutter Lin Dan will be there before the shutter even reach the court. Reading his mind well! Lin Dan made Datuk Lee Chong Wei run like a dog yet Chong Wei still can’t return the cock well. Mistake & unforced error keep on happening.
On the other hand, the 2nd and rubber set, Datuk Lee Chong re-bounced! I thought macam Lin Dan “fong sui” one leh? Or they already discussed letting who win & how many games to play? Arggh. If it’s real I did happy for #LCW, but I think it’s not and it’s the mindset that make Chong Wei bounced back and defeat Lin Dan! Good Job! Malaysia Boleh!
See how Datuk Lee make money? It’s only 1st 8 days of the year and he made USD75k = ~MYR225k! How to make such amount of money!
Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 is still World Number 1 & above Lin Dan 林丹!
Chong Wei downs Lin Dan to reaffirm his Olympic intentions
PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stamped his credentials as a potential candidate to win Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medal with a scintillating victory over nemesis Lin Dan in the Korea Open yesterday.
The 29-year-old Chong Wei overcame a listless start to carve out a 12-21, 21-18, 21-14 win over four-time world champion Lin Dan of China in a physically taxing one-hour and 15-minute men’s singles final at the US$1mil tournament in Seoul.
The brilliant start to the year earned him a cool US$75,000 (RM235,875) ang pow for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
And there could be more when he goes after his eighth home title at the US$400,000 Maybank Malaysia Open, which begins on Wednesday at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
A rivalry unmatched: Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan on the podium after their Korean Open men’s singles final yesterday. Chong Wei won 12-21, 21-18, 21-14. — AFP
It was his second Korean Open title after having won it in 2010 and his ninth career win over Lin Dan in 27 clashes.
Yesterday’s win erased fears that Chong Wei will always be in the shadow of the Chinese star – especially after losing in the World Championships, China and Hong Kong Opens last year.
The most painful defeat came at the world meet when Chong Wei lost despite leading 20-18 in the decider in the final.
Yesterday, Chong Wei’s display showed that he has got over the disappointments.
“It is a new year and I wanted a fresh start. It is great to start the Olympic year with a title by beating my close rival Lin Dan. This is a positive sign for me ahead of the Olympic Games,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview.
“The win is a confidence booster for me. It was a physically draining match but it was really worth it.”
It was not all that smooth sailing for Chong Wei when the opening game saw the best and also worst of him. He was doing fine – playing well at the net and taking time to open up the game – until 6-6 and then he lost the plot to allow Lin Dan to pull away for an easy 21-12 win. Not many would have put their money on Chong Wei to recover from the lopsided opening game setback but he did. He took all that was thrown at him and then executed some exquisite moves at 18-18 to romp home for victory in the second game.
Chong Wei continued to show more urgency and aggression in the decider to outfox Lin Dan and at one point, the latter was left shaking his head in disbelief over the Malaysian’s deception.
And to top his misery, Lin Dan’s game was littered with uncharacteristic mistakes and it saw the Chinese finally giving up the fight and the Korean Open crown to Chong Wei.
“The first game against Lin Dan did not go as I planned but I kept chanting in my heart that I could pull through if I stayed focused. The win in the second game gave me all the confidence that I needed to go all the way.”
“This is a great start for me and from now it is important that I keep the momentum going and stay injury-free.
“I will return home tomorrow (today) and focus on the Malaysia Open. I do not want to disappoint my fans and I will go all out to keep my unbeaten run intact on home soil.”
Both his coaches – Tey Seu Bock and Rashid Sidek – who were with him in Seoul, were delighted.
Said Rashid: “It is rare to see Lin Dan losing his focus but today he did. And this is all due to Chong Wei’s superb comeback. He did well to change and vary his game to make Lin Dan very uncomfortable today.”
Said Seu Bock: “Credit should be given to Chong Wei for the hard work he put in today. This win will be a big boost to his morale. Of course, Lin Dan and his other team-mates will come back stronger at the Malaysia Open but if there is one place where it is difficult to beat Chong Wei, it is on his home ground.
“Physically, both players have been pushed to the limit but I am confident that Chong Wei will recover in time.”
Finally Datuk Lee Chong Wei 李宗伟 beat the Super Dan (Lin Dan 林丹)! It was awesome to see how Lee Chong Wei play in the games. Datuk Lee once again showed that he’s world no.1! Congrats! Datuk Lee won in 2 straight games 21-17, 21-17. Datuk Lee has finally overcome his fear and manage to control Lin Dan!
It’s really great and you could see that there’s tons of people mention about the great win in Twitter. You can check all the tweets that with the hashtag #LCW,#MalaysiaBoleh, #AllEngland
Some even mention that why there’s no Public Holiday? But according to our PM’s @NajibRazak Twitter there’s no Public Holiday. Lolz.
NajibRazak Mohd Najib Tun Razak
Sorry tmrw not a public holiday. We have to rejoice in Chong Wei’s victory n at the same time work hard so that we have more victories.
Check out the video footage on how Lee Chong Wei cleared the final shot to win the All England title against Lin Dan!
This time Lin Dan cannot take off his shirt and do naked hip-hop dance but it’s our Malaysia Hero Datuk Lee that dance with his jersey and kissing on Malaysia flag! I just love his attitude! Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, please learn from your senior!
PETALING JAYA: For the first time, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei truly felt on top of the world.
Great win: A smiling Chong Wei holds aloft the coveted All-England men’s singles trophy. — AP
Yesterday, Chong Wei showed who was the real boss on the court when he defeated his nemesis, Lin Dan of China, 21-17, 21-17 in a highly-charged 52-minute final to retain the All-England title.
It was a priceless win and an ecstatic Chong Wei slumped to his knees in sheer delight before rising to the thunderous applause of the fans at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
It was the first time that Chong Wei had beaten Lin Dan to win a major title and the record between the two archrivals now stands at 7-18.
With the win, too, Chong Wei reaffirmed his status as the world No. 1 and also hung on to the number one standing in the Super Series rankings.
And Chong Wei also became the first Malaysian to retain the All-England title since Eddy Choong pulled off the feat in 1956 and 1957.
But more importantly, the win yesterday showed that Chong Wei has the ability to come out of Lin Dan’s shadow and be a real challenger for the Olympic gold in London next year.
Lin Dan, gunning for a second consecutive Premier Super Series title after nailing the first in South Korea, got off to a smashing start but it was not too long before Chong Wei got into the groove.
Looking more confident and focused in his approach, Chong Wei piled up the pressure on the three-time world champion, often catching Lin Dan with his clever moves at the net and showing incredible defence to frustrate the Chinese.
They were tied at 8-8 and at one stage Lin Dan was affected by a bad line call and it allowed Chong Wei to pull away to 17-10.
Smashing finale: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei goes down on his knees to celebrate his victory over China’s Lin Dan at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham yesterday. — AFP
But Lin Dan, who was ironically more interested in playing rallies than using his lethal attacking shots, fought back to 17-18. But that was as far as he went as Chong Wei snapped out of the spell to take the first game.
The second game was even tighter as both tried to outfox each other with their tight net shots and super fast counter attacks until they were tied at 17-17.
Instead of buckling under pressure like he used to before, a cool and composed Chong Wei romped home to take four points in a row to land himself a third title of the year after victories at the Super Series Masters Finals in Taiwan and Malaysia Open in January.
National coach Rashid Sidek hailed Chong Wei’s achievement as a big breakthrough.
“He played a superb game and was able to overcome the psychological barrier against Lin Dan,” he said in a telephone interview.
“He not only handle the challenge from Lin Dan well but he also executed excellent counter attacks to pressure Lin Dan. That to me is a big improvement.
“Today, Lin Dan was making most of the mistakes and he was unable to kill some of Chong Wei’s shots. Chong Wei, on the other hand, maintained a consistent pace.
“Chong Wei has always been criticised for winning the small tournaments. But this time, he defeated Lin Dan for a big one.”
Went to Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil during the quarter final and semi final for Malaysia Open 2011. Quite disappointed because of Lin Dan walkover and let his team mate Chen Long quality to semi final.
It’s due to he suffered a recurrence of an old injury on his left abdominal area, but I supposed is one of the China tactic to ask Lin Dan to walkover to give way to Chen Long? Hmm just too bad can’t witness Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan again. It will be a great game if they were to meet up.
On friday I still can see Misbun appear as Lee Chong Wei coach. When Misbun Sidek entered into the arena, there’s thunderous applause and support from the crowds. Hope Misbun will continue to support our Malaysian players!
I’m glad that Lee Chong Wei grab the 7th Malaysia Title and hope he will continue to make Malaysia proud!
Checkout the video I posted for Lee Chong Wei vs Chen Long on Semi Finals.
Chong Wei defeats Taufik for seventh home title
Lee Chong Wei defeated Taufik Hidayat 21-8, 21-17 to win the men’s singles title in the Malaysia Open badminton championships on Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei defeated Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat to win the men’s singles title in the Malaysia Open badminton championships on Sunday.
Chong Wei won 21-8, 21-17 in just 35 minutes to bag his seventh home Open crown and 16th BWF Super Series title.
The Malaysian was in full control in the first set and had his opponent scrambling to return shots from all corners of the court.
Chong Wei was especially deadly at the net, winning numerous points with his deft touches.
The second set started just like the first, with Chong Wei racing to a 17-7 lead. But just when it looked like a thrashing, Taufik put up a gallant fight-back to narrow the deficit to 17-15.
However, Chong Wei regained his composure and wrapped up the set and match 21-17 in 18 minutes.
Earlier, Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong from China beat Danish pair Mads Conrad-Petersen and Jonas Rasmussen 21-16, 21-14 to claim the men’s doubles title.
Chong Wei crushes Chen Long for explosive final date with Taufik
By RAJES PAUL
IT was a fun day for shuttler Lee Chong Wei when he checked into the Malaysia Open final in ruthless fashion to keep alive the hope of becoming home champion for the seventh time.
Yesterday, the world number one crushed Chen Long of China 21-9, 21-9 in a lop-sided 39-minute semi-final match in front of vociferous home fans at the Putra Stadium.
He will play against an on-fire Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in today’s final and based on the current form of these two players, an explosive match is on the cards.
Yesterday, Chong Wei, boosted again by the presence of his coach Misbun Sidek, who was smartly dressed in a chequered shirt, showed no mercy to Chen Long.
Turning on the style: Lee Chong Wei returning a backhand shot to China’s Chen Long during their semi-final match yesterday. Chong Wei won 21-9, 21-9.
And Chen Long, despite an extra day’s rest after enjoying a walkover from injured compatriot Lin Dan in the quarter-finals on Friday, was unable to keep up with the fiery pace.
The Malaysian never took his feet off the pedal although he had a big lead over Chen Long throughout the match.
And at one stage, he even did a little jig after saving an almost impossible deep baseline return from Chen Long and it brought out a big uproar from the delirious fans.
Chong Wei said he went into the match with the intention of crushing Chen Long’s spirit from the start. “He is China’s upcoming youngster and it is dangerous to give him room to build up his confidence. I just went all out,” said Chong Wei.
“I was very confident after taking the first game. All my strokes and counter attacks worked well for me and I just continued to enjoy myself. It felt really good.”
On his match against Taufik today, he said: “It is a familiar face but his condition seems to be better here. I will be ready. This is my homeground and I am determined to go out there and win my seventh Malaysia Open title.”
Chong Wei is the winner of the editions from 2004-2006 and 2008-2010.
Taufik, who won the 2000 Malaysia Open, is hoping to turn back the clock.
“I wish that I can go back several years. It will put me in a better position to challenge Chong Wei,” said the 30-year-old Taufik, who is one year older than the Malaysian.
“He is on top of his game as I was at one point of time. I have lost to him many times over the last two years but I beat him at the last World Championships.
“I feel good right now and I am hoping to get off to a great start this year. I will give my best against him and see what happens.”
Taufik was pleased with his superb 21-15, 21-19 win over compatriot Simon Santoso yesterday.
“I was a class above him in the opening game. I had a good lead in the second but I took it easy and Simon caught up. Fortunately, I made up for my hastiness to end the match early,” he said.
“It will be a different ball game against Chong Wei tomorrow and hopefully, I will be able to raise my game even higher,” added Taufik.
Despite the disappointment over Chen Long’s meek defeat yesterday, China can still afford a big smile. They are assured of three titles today as it will be all-China finals in the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events.
Single: Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Simon Santoso (Ina) 21-15, 21-19; Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Chen Long (Chn) 21-9, 21-9.
THE man in the spotlight – national coach Misbun Sidek – has chosen to delay the meeting with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.
And due to this, the BAM’s council, who will meet today, is unlikely to make any major decision.
However, according to one of the council members yesterday, they are determined to get Nadzmi to make a stand over the whole matter surrounding Misbun.
Yesterday, Nadzmi said that Misbun had sent a text message to him, saying that he would prefer to meet after the Malaysia Open, which will end today at Putra Stadium.
“He wants to stay focused on the Malaysia Open and I respect that. I will meet him after that,” said Nadzmi.
Misbun pulled a shocker when he tendered his resignation on Dec 31. However, he has been asked to re-consider his decision by the BAM exco.
Misbun has not made up his mind on his status but he has showed up to support and coach world number one Lee Chong Wei since the second day of the home competition here in Bukit Jalil.
There were high hopes that Misbun would meet Nadzmi before today’s council meeting so that the 30-member council members could be briefed on whether Misbun wished to retract his resignation letter and if he did, what are the conditions he wanted for his return.
Nadzmi said that his main objective today is to brief the council on Misbun’s decision to resign. “I want the council members to know want had happened. It is important to engage them and this is precisely why the meeting is taking place,” he said.
When asked whether any decision would be made today, Nadzmi said: “We will deliberate and discuss on Misbun’s resignation matter. But I promise that there will be an amicable decision on this matter.”
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