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Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan, Olympics badminton semi-final: Defending champion Lin beaten by inspired rival Lee

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei shrugged off eight years of Olympic heartbreak on Friday to defeat his nemesis Lin Dan 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 and reach the final of the men's badminton after another classic encounter.

Having succumbed to Lin in the gold medal deciders at London and Beijing, top seed Lee gained sweet revenge by dumping out the Chinese great after a decisive set of unrelenting tension.

Struggling with fatigue and huge mental pressure, the veteran rivals battled point-for-point before Lee broke away late to secure three match points.

Lin saved them all but Lee sealed the fourth with a nerveless cross-court volley to raise thunderous cheers from Malaysian fans.

Lee will fight for the gold against the winner of Chinese world champion Chen Long and Dane Viktor Axelsen who play in the other semi-final later on Friday.

Lee Chong Wei is into the Olympic final! The defending champion is beaten!
22-20 the score, as Lee finally buries his rival with a cross-court smash.

The two huge friends embrace and exchange shirts on the court. What a semi-final, quite comfortably the best badminton match I have ever liveblogged.

The two great rivals embrace CREDIT: AFP
Game 3: Lee 21-20 Lin
Two-point margin needed to win it from here.

Lin to serve. But he pushes a lob wide! Match point for Lee again!

Game 3: Lee 20-20 Lin

The Chinese fans are on their feet in the arena. Their man has dragged his way back from the brink here. 20-20 in the decider!

Game 3: Lee 20-19 Lin
Two match points saved! What guts from Lin Dan! One more for Lee...

Game 3: Lee 20-17 Lin
That huge point goes to Lee! Three match points for the Malaysian

Game 3: Lee 19-17 Lin
Long rally...and Lee smashes into the net from deep! Chance for Lin...huge point next

Game 3: Lee 19-16 Lin
Two points away! Could the Malaysian be about to beat the Olympic champion?

Game 3: Lee 18-16 Lin
No more than a point in it at any stage of this deciding game. Until now! Lee edges ahead, and then smashes to the body of Lin to force an error into the net!

Game 3: Lee 16-16 Lin
Lin sends Lee right, then left, and then beats him down the middle for 15-14 to China, only to undo his good work with a hopeful lob wide. Then an error lets Lee in again: 16-15 Malaysia! But Lee smahes into the net: does anyone want to win this?

Game 3: Lee 14-14 Lin
Lee is gifted a point by an Lin error and then the Malaysian smashes his way back into the lead, only for Lin to push-and-smash his way back level at 12-12.

Lin errs, then smashes emphatically: 13-13! Lin faults with a double-action serve, and then claws it back. So, so tense.

Game 3: Lee 10-11 Lin
Lee sends Lin into another flying defence in vain and they can't be separated once more: 10-10.

Lin clips a beauty over the net and leads at the final changeover!

Game 3: Lee 9-10 Lin
Who will make the decisive move? At 9-9 in the decider, Lee challenges a smash that flies over his head and...IN!

Game 3: Lee 8-8 Lin
One hour on the clock now. A mouthful of banana for Lee, and on we go.

Lin comes into the net to force an undercooked touch from Lee: again they're level.

Game 3: Lee 8-7 Lin
Longest rally of the match, surely. Lee takes his time...and then wins it with a smash into the body! Big, big point.

Game 3: Lee 7-7 Lin
Body smash from Lee keeps him in touch and then Lin dives desperately but can only find the net! This is incredibly fun to watch.

Game 3: Lee 5-7 Lin
Lin edges ahead for the first time in his deciding game. Has Lee's resolve been broken? The defending champion appears to have located another gear.

Game 3: Lee 5-5 Lin
Lin fights back with some aggressive play on the front foot - first he finds the back court, straight through the Lee defence, and then forces an error. All square again!

Game 3: Lee 5-3 Lin
Lin misjudges a Lee push to the corner, which plonks itself right on the line. On comes the mop, if this wasn't dramatic enough. Superb rally next! Lee's heroic defence forces Lin into the net cord.

Game 3: Lee 3-3 Lin
Tense scenes, as the two rivals trade delicate points and wayward lobs.

Game 3: Lee 1-0 Lin
Lee makes no mistake with a straightforward dispatch at the net to take the first point of the decider.
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Deciding game!
Lin serves. Who's got the nerve?

Lee Chong Wei (21-11) takes the second game for Malaysia! All square in Rio!
Lin doesn't go quietly in the end - one brutal smash makes it slightly interesting at 19-11 - but Lee wasn't going to be denied. Nine game points for the Malaysian...and he takes it with the first!

Game 2: Lee 17-7 Lin
Lin Dan smahes home a reminder that he's still in this second game - just - and then Lee misjudges a deep lob, thinking it's falling out. The Malaysian stems the tide at the net, though.

Game 2: Lee 14-4 Lin
Lee's charge doesn't let up even after the mid-set refreshments. Lin Dan smahes his way to a couple of points but then plants one wide...he's challenging it!

No chance.

Game 2: Lee 9-2 Lin
Lee smashes down the middle and Lin attempts a roundhouse, behind-the-back defence! So close to working, but no joy. He's well wide with a back-court defensive lob next and now Lee is in the driving seat, no doubt about that.

Game 2: Lee 7-2 Lin
Lin finally gets on the board, but follows it up with another poor shot under little pressure. He restores some semblance of order by reading a Lee drop-shot and steering it back from whence it came for 6-2, but back comes the Malaysian with the smash!

Game 2: Lee 5-0 Lin
Well, I don't know what Lee's towel said to him at the changeover, but whatever it was, it's worked. Lin Dan looks worried, and he puts a makeable flick into the net. Game on!

Lee confers with some nearby tigers CREDIT: AP
Game 2: Lee 2-0 Lin
Much better start from Lee! He's 2-0 up, and now it's Lin's turn to feel the nerves of an untidy start.
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Lin Dan (21-15) takes the first set for China!
Lee Chong Wei got himself together a little too late in that opening encounter. By the time he'd found his rhythm, Lin already had 19 points on the board. At 19-15, Lee worked his way into a rally, only for the patient champion to step in with a decisive winner into the corner.

Five game points in hand....and Super Dan only needs one of them! 24 minutes that took.

Lee 14-18 Lin
Three points in a row for Lee! This game may not be a formality after all. Lovely disguise at the net.

Lee 11-18 Lin
Five points behind, it's crunch time for Lee now: nerves get the better of him with a touch-shot at the net, but he pounces to send a backhand to Lin's feet. The defending champion responds in kind and then a Lee serve drifts out.

Lee 8-15 Lin
Lin Dan's first challenge of the match is a good one.

Challenge CREDIT: BBC
Lee 8-13 Lin
A bullet of a cross-court smash gets the Malaysian back into it a little. Lin's early momentum perhaps slowing a little.

Lee 6-11 Lin
Lin Dan pushes a delicate shot over - the shuttlecock flirts at length with the net-cord on its way over, getting its phone number at least - and Lee has nowhere to go with that.

Lin Dan has started strongly CREDIT: AFP
Lee 5-10 Lin
Lee's unforced errors are piling up already - plenty of eyes on him today. Lin Dan finally emerges from his defensive cocoon to belt home an overhead to the far service line. He's almost halfway to this first game.

Lee 4-8 Lin
Lee Chong Wei has won three of the four rallies in which he's unleashed his smash hit, but Lin Dan's subtleties and absurdly quick defensive reflexes are keeping him ahead in these early stages.

Lee 2-4 Lin
First veritable smash of the match comes from Lee Chong Wei down his opponent's forehand side - that might get the adrenaline flowing...

Lee 1-3 Lin
A spine-bendingly protracted rally ends when Lee finally sends an overhead wide. He's made a nervy start.

First blood Lin!
He serves to get things started, and some fine netplay earns him a 1-0 lead. It's first to 21, so strap yourselves in...

The gladiators are out...
Lin Dan has a nice pink racquet bag...and I think he's won the coin-toss too! They're thwacking away in the warm-up. "Thwacking" is going to appear here a lot until I think of some better synonyms. Love, love love the badminton.

Front row seat? Lucky you!
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TOKYO: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei on Sunday (Sep 25) won his sixth Yonex Open Japan title, defeating third seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark.

Lee, a silver medallist in the last three Olympics, triumphed 21-18, 15-21, 21-16 against the Dane.

The 33-year-old world number one had sailed through the men's singles at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium without losing a single game.

But he had more of a contest in the final, with Jorgensen taking the second game.

Lee also won the Japan Open in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2007.

He has recently hinted at extending his career to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for another shot at an elusive badminton gold, despite earlier indicating the Rio games would be his last.
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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lee (李).
Lee Chong Wei
Traditional Chinese 李宗偉
Simplified Chinese 李宗伟
Dato' Lee Chong Wei (born 21 October 1982 in Bagan Serai, Perak[1]) is a Malaysian professional badminton player. As a singles player, Lee was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012.[2] He is the third Malaysian player after Rashid Sidek and Roslin Hashim to achieve such a ranking (since official rankings were first kept in the 1980s), and is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year.[3]

Lee is triple silver medalist at the Olympic Games, and the sixth Malaysian to win an Olympic medal.[3] He won his first silver medal in 2008, also the first time a Malaysian had reached the finals in the men's singles event. This achievement earned him the title Dato', and led to Malaysian Prime Minister describing him as a national hero.[4] He repeated the achievement twice more in 2012 and 2016, thus making him the most successful Malaysian Olympian in history.[5]
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Lee was born to a Malaysian Chinese family. In his early years, he favoured basketball, however his mother soon banned him from the game due to the searing heat of the outdoor basketball court. Lee began to learn badminton at the age of 11, when his father, who liked to play the game, brought him to the badminton hall. Attracting the attention of a local coach, the coach asked Lee's father if he could take him as a student. After receiving his father's consent, the coach began to train Lee after school.[6] Discovered by Misbun Sidek, he was drafted into the national squad when he was seventeen years old.[7]

Lee received RM300,000 on 21 August 2008, as a reward for his silver medal effort in the 2008 Olympic Games. Also, he received RM3,000 a month as a lifetime pension beginning in August 2008.[8] For the same achievement, he was conferred with a Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN), which carried the title Dato' by Governor of Penang, Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas on 30 August 2008.[9]

He was appointed as the UNICEF Malaysia's National Ambassador in February 2009.[10]

On 6 June 2009, Lee received the Darjah Bakti (DB) award, from Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, in conjunction with the Birthday of Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, for his achievements in the 2008 Olympics.[11] He was in a relationship with Wong Mew Choo, his teammate.[12] In 2009, Lee and Wong announced they are no longer together during the 2009 World Championships in Hyderabad, India. However, Lee announced his reconciliation with Mew Choo after winning a silver medal in 2012 Summer Olympics.[13] They were married on 9 November 2012,[14] and had two children, Kingston and Terrance, which were born in April 2013 and July 2015 respectively.[15][16]

On 16 March 2011, Lee received Permodalan Nasional Berhad shares worth RM100,000 from Najib Tun Razak soon after his triumph in the All England Open.[17] He was appointed as KDU University College ambassador on 31 July 2011.[18]

Lee's autobiography Dare to be a Champion was officially published on 18 January 2012.[19]

On 15 October 2016, Lee was made a recipient of Darjah Cemerlang Seri Melaka (DCSM) carrying the title of "Datuk Wira" from Malacca Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob.[20]
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Lee picked up only one title in 2002 and 2003, reaching the final of the 2003 Malaysia Open (his first final of a major tournament) where he was defeated by Chen Hong of China.[21]

Lee then secured two titles in 2004, the Malaysia Open and the Chinese Taipei Open. Lee gained a spot for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In his first Olympic appearance, Lee defeated Ng Wei of Hong Kong in the first round. His journey ended in the second round when he was defeated by Chen Hong.[22] Lee scored another two titles in 2005, his second Malaysia Open title and the Denmark Open. Lee won a bronze in his first appearance in the world meet, the 2005 World Championships after losing to eventual winner Taufik Hidayat in the semi-final.[23]

Lee won three titles out of six finals in 2006. He was crowned as the winner of the Swiss Open,[24] Asian Badminton Championships and his third Malaysia Open title. He also reached the final of the Chinese Taipei Open, Macau Open and Hong Kong Open. In the Malaysia Open, Lee fought back from 13–20 down in the rubber match and scored eight match points against Lin Dan, and finally won the game with a score of 23–21 to secure the title.[25] Lee won Malaysia's two gold medals in the badminton event for 2006 Commonwealth Games, in both the men's singles and mixed team events.[26] Lee reached the top spot twice in the Badminton World Federation's world rankings in 2006,[27] and he participated in the World Championships as top seed.[28] However, he was upset by Bao Chunlai of China in the quarter-final despite Lee winning at their previous meeting. The match was also marred by two controversial line calls that were not in favour of Lee.[29]

During the 2007 season, Lee failed to reach the final of the Malaysia Open for the first time in five years. He also suffered an early exit in five competitions afterward. Later on that season he took the Indonesia Open crown, his first title since the 2006 Malaysia Open after reuniting with former coach Misbun Sidek from Li Mao.[30] His performance at the second half of the year was solid, as he achieved three titles in the Philippines Open, the Japan Open, and the French Open. He also managed to reach the final of the China Open and Hong Kong Open, despite his knee injury haunting him on both occasions.[31] Lee won all matches he played in the Sudirman Cup in June, despite Malaysia finishing just fifth in the tournament.[32] Lee's low point of the year was in the World Championships, despite the tournament being held in front of his home crowd and his solid performance during the second half of the year, he was defeated in the third round by Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro.[33] Lee took a swipe at chief coach Yap Kim Hock soon after the defeat, claiming that Yap treated him indifferently and was putting pressure on his preparation for the championships.[34]


Playing in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics
Lee kicked off 2008 with success, capturing his fourth Malaysia Open title in five years.[35] However, Lee only captured one other title that year, the Singapore Open,[36] which was the final tournament in his pre-Olympic preparations. Other tournaments he took part in were th Korea Open;[37] the All England Open;[38] the Swiss Open;[39] the Badminton Asia Championships;[40] and Thomas Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia where Lee helped Malaysia advance to the semi-final. In the semi-final he defeated Lin Dan to give Malaysia a 1–0 lead in its clash with defending champion China, but Malaysia eventually lost 2–3 due to the defeat of its first doubles team in the vital final match.[41]

In the 2008 Olympic Games, Lee was given a bye in the first round. He cruised to straight game victories over Ronald Susilo in the second round, Kęstutis Navickas in the third round,[42] and Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the quarter-finals.[43] In the semi-finals Lee Hyun-il gave him a tough fight, but eventually Lee was able to beat the South Korean and reach the final.[44] However, it was a one-sided final, as Lee was completely outplayed by Lin Dan and salvaged only 20 points, losing 12–21, 8–21.[45] He came second place overall.

Lee participated in several tournaments after the Olympic Games without capturing a title. He advanced to the finals of the Japan Open, the Macau Open and the China Open, but lost to Sony Dwi Kuncoro,[46] Taufik Hidayat,[47] and Lin Dan respectively.[48] In the French Open Lee was eliminated in the semi-finals.[49] His coach, Misbun Sidek, cited the pressure of being ranked world number one to explain Lee's recent failure to capture a title.[50]

Lee ended his last Super Series tournament of the year, the Hong Kong Open, with a sudden withdrawal due to a knee injury, conceding a walkover to Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.[51] His last minute withdrawal led to the Chinese media tagging him as the "weakest world number one".[52] The Chinese media speculated that three factors had hampered Lee's performance since the Olympic Games: the stress of the Olympic final, a phobia of Lin Dan due to his lopsided Olympic defeat at Lin's hands, and (echoing Misbun Sidek's conjecture) the pressure of being the world number one.[53]

Despite Lee's difficulties in international play, he recorded his seventh consecutive victory at the National Badminton Grand Prix Final in Kedah on 12 December 2008, thus breaking the record of six consecutive titles set by Misbun Sidek.[54] Lee ended the year with a title in the Super Series Masters Finals. However, Lin Dan and China's other top players did not compete, their association citing injuries and fatigue.[55]

Lee Chong Wei started the 2009 season with his fifth Malaysia Open title.[56] He failed to secure his first Korea Open and All England Open title despite marching into the final.[57][58] However, he secured his second title of the year in the Swiss Open which was held in Basel, defeating Lin Dan in straight sets and marking his first win in the finals against the Chinese opponent outside home turf.[59] Next, Lee was surprisingly defeated by Chen Long of China in the India Open.[60] He cited the loss was due to food poisoning and insisted the authorities improve the conditions before the World Championships.[61] In May, Lee helped Malaysia reach the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup, the first in national history, despite his unbeaten record in the tournament being blown out by Lin Dan.[62] He won another two titles in June, the Indonesia Open[63] and the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold,[64] despite failing to defend his Singapore Open title when he was taken by Nguyen Tien Minh in the second round.[65]

Lee kicked off the second half of the season with defeat by Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the world meets,[66] but went on to win the Macau Open in August.[67] He reached the semi-final in the China Masters, but once again failed to beat his all time rival Lin Dan.[68] Then, Lee participated in the Japan Open. He only managed to reach the second round of the Open,[69] before winning the Hong Kong Open in November.[70] His inconsistency saw him tumble down in the first round of the China Open.[71] In December, Lee defended his Super Series Masters Finals title, which saw the competition played without the top badminton players in the world.[72]

Lee started the year with the title in all events he took part, his first treble in the Super Series titles. He gained his first ever Korea Open crown,[73] sixth Malaysia Open,[74] and defeated Kenichi Tago to win the oldest and prestigious badminton championship in the world, the All England Open, his first since he took part in 2004.[75]

Lee participated in the Thomas Cup in his home ground. He managed to defeat Kenichi Tago and take the first point, despite Malaysia's eventual loss (2–3) to Japan.[76] In the quarter-finals, he beat Peter Gade, thus helping to secure Malaysia's place in the semi-finals.[77] In the semi-finals against China, Lee was defeated by Lin Dan, which ended his 18-match unbeaten record since the start of the year.[78]

In June, Lee participated in the Singapore Open losing in the quarter-finals.[79] However, Lee bounced back winning the Indonesia Open,[80] Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold in July,[81] and Macau Open in August.[82] In late August, Lee suffered a shock exit in another attempt for the World Championships, but was beaten by Taufik Hidayat in the quarter-finals.[83] Misbun cited that the loss was due to the back injury he picked-up after the match against Rajiv Ouseph in the third round.[84] On 26 September, Lee beat his archrival Lin Dan in the Japan Open, the only title not taken by Chinese players in the tournament.[85]

In October, he helped Malaysia to beat India to defend the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games mixed team event, then he successfully defended his gold medal once again in the singles event a few days later.[86] The following month he won a silver medal at the Asian Games. Despite beating reigning World Champion Chen Jin in the semi-final, Lee once again tasted defeat at the hands of his great rival, Lin Dan, in the final.[87] At season's end, he won his second consecutive Hong Kong Open title,[88] and third consecutive Super Series Master Finals title, where the tournament was held in January 2011.[89]
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In January, Lee won his seventh Malaysia Open title by defeating Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia in the final.[90] However, he failed to defend the Korea Open title, the world's first ever million-dollar badminton tournament, after being beaten by Lin Dan from China in three games.[91] In March, Lee cruised into the final of the All England Open for the third consecutive time and retained his title successfully with a convincing straight games victory over Lin Dan, and was praised by prime minister Najib Tun Razak.[92]

On Labour Day, he won his first ever India Open,[93] and also his third consecutive Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title a week later.[94] Despite the fact that Lee won all the matches he played during the Sudirman Cup, Malaysia's journey ended in quarterfinals, after being beaten by South Korea 2–3.[95][96][97] In late June, he won the Indonesia Open, becoming the first non-Indonesian player to complete the hat-trick in the tournament.[98]

Lee's hopes of becoming the first Malaysian to win gold in the World Championships were dashed after defeat by Lin Dan in the final. Lee led for most of the match but lost two important match points in the rubber game.[99] In September, Lee also failed to defend his Japan Open crown after defeat by China's rising star Chen Long.[100] In October, he lost to Chen Long again in his bid for his second Denmark Open title.[101] He won the French Open a week later.[102] This was followed by triple semi-finals exit in the Hong Kong Open,[103] the China Open,[104] and the Super Series Master Finals.[105]


Playing in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics
Lee started the Olympic year with the first Super Series tournament of the season, the Korea Open. In a repeat of the previous year's final, he avenged his loss to Lin Dan by defeating him in three sets.[106] A week later, he captured his fifth straight and eighth Malaysia Open title, thus equalling the number of home titles held by Wong Peng Soon who won them between 1940 and 1953.[107]

In March, Lee lost in the All England Open when he bowed out in the second game after receiving medical help on three occasions. This also dashed Lee's hopes of becoming the first man to win three successive All England Open titles.[108] In April, he was defeated by South Korean Shon Wan-ho in the final of the India Open,[109] but retained his Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title for the fourth time in a row in May.[110] Lee was out for three to four weeks after suffering an ankle injury during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark.[111]

Lee returned to the court for the first time after recovering from his injury to play in the London Olympic Games. He closely beat Ville Lång of Finland in rubber games for the first round,[112] and blamed pressure for close defeat.[113] In the second round, he eased to a victory against Indonesia's Simon Santoso,[114] before beating Kashyap Parupalli of India in the quarter-finals.[115] In the semi-finals, he beat Chen Long of China in straight sets despite early predictions that Chen would be difficult to beat, and set up a repeat of 2008's final against Lin Dan.[116] This is the second meeting in the Wembley Arena for both players after the 2011 World Championships. Lee led the match after winning the first game but Lin brought it to the rubber games. Despite leading for most of the time in the third game, Lin managed to level the point and edge him narrowly by 21–19, forcing Lee to settle for silver once more.[5] BBC Sport analyst Gail Emms said, "You couldn't have asked for any more from Lee Chong Wei."[117] This epic episode was documented in an academic article entitled "Silver lining in winning silver: an exploratory study of supporters’ reactions and coping on the social media towards Lee Chong Wei’s London Olympics defeat".[118]

He won the Japan Open and Denmark Open on his return since the London Olympic Games,[119][120] but lost in the final of the Hong Kong Open, only a few days after his marriage.[121] Lee ended the year with a loss in the opening match of the Super Series Master Finals and subsequently pulled out of tournament due to thigh injury.[122]


Playing in the quarterfinals of the 2013 French Open.
Lee took the Korea Open title for the third time.[123] A week later, he captured his ninth Malaysia Open title, which broke the record of eight titles previously held by Wong Peng Soon.[124] Lee then lost in the final of the All England Open to Chen Long. Lee said he was disappointed with his performance during the tournament, despite marching into the final.[125][126]

In April, he lost in the semi-finals of the Australia Open, to the young Chinese player Tian Houwei.[127] He then won the second India Open title and fifth Indonesia Open.[128][129] In August, Lee eventually marched into the final of the World Championships, but Lee's hopes were once again dashed in a repeat of his 2011 final and 2010 Asian Games defeat against Lin Dan. He suffered leg cramps late into the third game. After attempting to continue, he had to retire and was subsequently stretchered to hospital.[130]

After the World Championships, Lee participating in four Super Series tournaments. First, he took the Japan Open title for fourth time.[131] Then, he lost in the final of Denmark Open and semifinal of the French Open,[132][133] and triumph again in the Hong Kong Open.[134]

Lee won record fourth Masters Finals title, the season ending Super Series tournament.[135]

In January, Lee lost in the final of Korea Open to Chen Long, his fourth straight defeat by the Chinese.[136] He recorded his tenth Malaysia Open title a week later. Soon after the triumph, he announced this would be his last Malaysia Open outing, as he would assess his condition after the Asian Games and may retire if the results are not good.[137]

However, his form improved and he won his third All England Open and India Open titles,[138][139] although he was beaten by Simon Santoso in final of the Singapore Open.[140] In the Thomas Cup, Lee won every match he played. Malaysia reached the finals, but lost to Japan with a score of 3–2.[141]

In June, he won the Japan Open for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall.[142] He then lost in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open, ending his hopes of nine straight Super Series finals. Due to a serious hamstring injury, Lee withdrew from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July, also ending his hopes of being the first men's singles shuttler to win 3 back-to-back gold medals at the games.[143]

Lee resumed play in August where he finished second for the third time at the World Championships, losing to Chen Long of China in straight sets.[144] He again lost to Chen in the semifinals of Asian Games team competition,[145] and to Lin Dan in the semifinals of the singles event a few days later.[146]

In October 2014, local media reported that the Badminton Association of Malaysia has confirmed that one of the nation's top shuttlers has tested positive for dexamethasone after urine samples were taken during the World Championships in late August.[147] The identity of the shuttler was not revealed but was widely believed to be Lee Chong Wei. Dexamathasone is not a performance-enhancing drug but a commonly-administered anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that is not illegal when used off-season for injury rehabilitation, but deemed illegal if discovered in an athlete's body during competition.[148]

On 5 November 2014, Lee flew to Norway to witness the testing of his "B" sample at the Oslo University Hospital after the "A" sample had already been tested positive in October.[149] The results were announced on 8 November 2014 by a Malaysian sports official who confirmed that the "B" sample had tested positive as well. He declined to identify the player but confirmed to The Associated Press that it was Lee.[150]

On 11 November 2014, the Badminton World Federation confirmed that Lee is temporarily suspended from competing due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation.[151] The hearing was held on 11 April 2015 in Amsterdam.[152]

On 27 April 2015, it was announced that Lee has been handed a backdated eight-month ban for his anti-doping rule violation. The panel was convinced that Lee had no intent to cheat and allowed him to resume his career by 1 May 2015. Lee was stripped of his silver medal from the 2014 World Championships but allowed to keep his two bronze medals from the 2014 Asian Games.[153]

The Sudirman Cup was Lee's first tournament after serving an eight-month suspension for a doping violation. He went on to win all three matches he played in the tournament.[154] He then took back to back titles by winning the US Open and Canada Open.[155] Lee again had to settle for the second at the World Championships as he lost to Chen Long in the final.[156]

After the World Championships, Lee endured three early round exits. First, in the second round of the Japan Open,[157] followed by the qualifying rounds of the Korea Open,[158] and then in the second round of Denmark Open.[159]

After three early round losses, Lee bounced back to win the French Open,[160] followed by his first ever China Open title, thus making him the first ever men's singles shuttler to have won all Super Series titles.[161] The following week, Lee won the Hong Kong Open.[162] However Lee did not qualify for the Super Series Finals. Therefore, ending the year with three back-to-back titles.

In January, Lee won his fifth Malaysia Masters title.[163] In March, Lee lost in the first round of All England Open,[164] and also in the second round of the India Open.[165]

In April, Lee won his 11th Malaysia Open title,[166] then followed by his second Badminton Asia Championships title.[167] At the Thomas Cup in May, Malaysia lost to eventual winners Denmark in the semi-finals despite Lee winning all the matches he contested in the tournament.[168]

In June, Lee won his 6th and record-equaling Indonesia Open title, becoming the third shuttler and first non-Indonesian to win the title six times.[169] He was set to play in the Australian Open, but withdrew due to muscle injury.[170]

On 5 August 2016, Lee led the Malaysia contingent during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.[171] In the men's singles competition he made it to the final, defeating his longtime rival Lin Dan in the semifinals in a dominating performance.[172] However, he was defeated by Chen Long in the final, his third successive defeat in the final of the Olympic Games.[173]
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s spot in the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals is in serious doubt.

Having withdrawn from the China Open, which began on Tuesday, the 34-year-old needed at least a quarter-final finish at the Hong Kong Open (from Nov 22-27) to secure his spot in the US$1mil (RM4.3m) Dubai Finals from Dec 14-18.

But the three-time Olympic silver medallist has pulled out of Hong Kong Open, citing fever.

“Chong Wei is suffering from fever now and he’s yet to make a full recovery from his hamstring injury (suffered during the Denmark Open last month),” said national singles coach Hendrawan.

“He has pulled out from the Hong Kong Open ... it’s not wise to compete when he’s not in the best condition.

“He could still qualify for the Superseries Finals, but we’ll have to wait and see how the others fare.”

Only the top eight players after the 12 legs of the Superseries events will qualify to play in the Dubai Finals and Chong Wei is fifth in the Superseries standings with 43,510 points.

Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long is sixth with 40,100 points, followed by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen (39,120) and Germany’s Marc Zwiebler (38,230).

The trio can easily overtake Chong Wei with a good showing in China and Hong Kong.

Even Taiwanese duo Chou Tien-chen (No. 9) and Hsu Jen-hao (No. 11) as well as Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki (No. 10) could overtake Chong Wei.
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World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will not be defending his Hong Kong Open title which may affect his chance of qualifying for the end year super series finals.

Lee is the top seed in the men’s singles of the US$400,000 tournament which kicks off at the Coliseum in Hung Hom on November 22 and the Hong Kong Badminton Association said they had yet to receive any update on the top player’s status.

But reports in Malaysia claim Lee, who has not played since his defeat in last month’s Denmark Open, had opted out the Hong Kong event due to injury.

According to Lee’s coach Hendrawan, his charge had yet to fully recover from the leg problems sustained in Odense when Lee was surprisingly beaten by Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the quarter-finals and the player is also sick at the moment.

“Lee is suffering from fever now and he’s yet to make a full recovery from his hamstring injury,” said the Malaysia singles coach. “He has pulled out from the Hong Kong Open ... it’s not wise to compete when he’s not in the best condition.

“He could still qualify for the super series finals, but we’ll have to wait and see how the others fare.”

Lee, who captured his third Olympic silver medal in Rio this summer, has already withdrawn from the last two super series tournaments, including the China Open, which started in Fuzhou on Tuesday.

Only the top eight players after the 12 legs of the super series events will qualify for the finals in Dubai in December and Lee is currently fifth in the standings with 43,510 points.

Hong Kong’s Ng Ka-long is sixth with 40,100 points, followed by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen (39,120) and Germany’s Marc Zwiebler (38,230). Even Taiwanese duo Chou Tien Chen (number 9) and Hsu Jen Hao (number 11) as well as Hong Kong’s Wong Wing-ki (number 10) could overtake Lee if they can do well in the remaining two rounds.

But Ng already missed the chance of closing the gap after the Hong Kong number one was beaten in the opening round in Fuzhou following a 21-13, 21-13 loss to Prannoy of India.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Badminton Association said they hadn’t heard anything about Lee’s withdrawal.

“We knew about his injury problems but as far as we understand he is still on the list,” said the spokesman. “If he cannot come in the end because of injuries, we will replace him with the preferred qualifier who is the highest ranked player in the qualifying round.”

Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia will take over Lee’s place according to the draw.
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