As of December 2011, Lee Chong Wei has not yet won a major badminton title such as the Olympic Games or the Badminton World Championship’s title.
However, he has maintained his BWF world no.1 ranking status for almost 3 years. No badminton player in history had ever stayed at the no.1 rank for such a long time.
The Malaysian is known as one of the most consistent badminton player of all time.
In 2011, he reached the finals of every tournament he played, except for 2 Super Series events where he was defeated by Lin Dan in the semi finals in both occasions.
He plans to retire in 2012. Therefore, he will have his final shot at the London Olympics Gold title and the Badminton World Championships title in 2012.
The badminton skills of this player have improved significantly over the years. In 2011, he became almost invincible in the badminton world. Other than Lin Dan and Chen Long, no other badminton player could defeat him.
Chong Wei’s greatest opponent is definitely Lin Dan!
In his quest for major titles, Lin Dan had always stood in his way. Lin Dan was always present in the finals of every major tournament to destroy the Malaysian’s dream.
A good example is the 2008 Beijing Olympics final and the Badminton World Championship in 2011, where Lin Dan stood strong in the final to prevent Lee Chong Wei from taking the gold.
As such, the rivalry against Lin Dan gets more intense each time they meet in badminton tournaments. These 2 men knew each other so well, that they both need to do more than their very “best”.
Apart from Lin Dan, Chong Wei has no problem defeating any singles player during the peak of his career in 2011.
Younger and talented badminton players such as Chen Long and Kenichi Tago are also good opponents. They occasionally put heavy pressure on Lee but are still not good enough to beat him.
Style of Play
At the beginning of his career, he played a very defensive game. The Malaysian became famous because of his extraordinary badminton defence in badminton singles.
When he started off his career, he wasn’t willing to take risks in performing attacks. As such he was clearing/lobbing the shuttle more often than his opponents, teasing his opponents to attack.
New Skills & New Playing Style
Not long after he attained his world no.1 rank in badminton singles, he started to play like a world class champion. He started using deceptive badminton shots.
However, there were still a couple of weaknesses in Lee’s style of play. He continued playing a defensive game. His deceptions were passive, strong opponents like Lin Dan easily read his deceptive shots.
In 2011, he improved significantly and he was up to the standards of a true world class badminton player.
By looking at how he performed in 2011, it was hard to believe that Chong Wei did not hold any major badminton titles.
He had more variations in his deceptions. Instead of playing a passive and defensive game, he suddenly started playing an aggressive game in 2011. He also played at a higher pace.
As of 2011, we could see quicker injection of pace and variations of pace in Chong Wei’s games.
As a defensive singles player, he initially played like a “crouching tiger”. Soon after, he changed his style by taking risks in his games and attacked more often.
With his speed, attacks were successful against his opponents. He managed to outpace his opponents and attack them off-guard.
Lee Chong Wei is now an almost perfect badminton player. Technically, only Lin Dan can defeat him.
However, he still lacks the confidence when facing Lin Dan. Most importantly, Chong Wei’s LUCK does not help either. Yes, luck played a role in their encounters.
The Malaysian is famous with his defence in singles.
It is almost impossible to penetrate his defence unless one could move faster than him.
Badminton is played at such high intensity these days. World class badminton players of today are trained to attack (smash towards) the sidelines of the badminton court. When the perfect opportunity arises, many singles players can perform accurate smashes towards the singles sidelines.
However, Lee Chong Wei is extremely good in diving towards the sidelines to retrieve his opponent’s smashes.
By Master Badminton