KUALA LUMPUR: The way Lee Chong Wei bounced back from his Denmark disappointment to clinch the French Open title is a good lesson for all aspiring youngsters – as well as those from the elite men’s doubles department.
On Sunday, Chong Wei downed Japan’s Kenichi Tago 21-16, 21-11 in Paris to win his seventh title of the year in his 11th final appearance.
Earlier in the semi-finals, Chong Wei exacted sweet revenge on China’s Chen Long, who had defeated the Malaysian twice in the finals of the Japan and Denmark Opens.
It was world No. 1 Chong Wei’s 39th career individual title since making his breakthrough in the senior scene in 2002 and his 20th Super Series title since its introduction in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar in 2007.
His transformation – especially in the match against Chen Long – in just a week clearly showed that Chong Wei is made of sterner stuff.
Chong Wei deserves a pat on the back for putting some thought into his game and to change his style of play to outplay Chen Long and re-assert his status as the world’s leading shuttler.