|Name:||Lee Chong Wei (李宗伟)|
|Date of Birth:||21st October 1982|
|Place of Birth:||Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia|
|Type of Match:||Men's Single|
|Highest Ranking:||1 (29th June 2006 , 24th August 2006)|
|Current Ranking:||1 (25th September 2008)|
|Racquet:||Yonex Armortec 900 Power|
Lee Chong Wei (Simplified Chinese: 李宗伟) (born October 21, 1982) is a professional badminton player from Malaysia. He is rumoured to be dating Malaysia's top women's singles player, Wong Mew Choo.
Lee Chong Wei's most well known attribute is his signature forehand cross court smashes and incredible defensive ability. His cross court shots are accomplished by using a heavy angle on his racquet head, and he plays incredible inside slices. He frequently retrieves attacking shots by diving towards the shot with an outstretched racket, then quickly recovering to his feet in time to continue the rally. Not only does he dive to keep a rally going, he also sometimes plays winners when he dives. Even Lin Dan has suffered Lee's defense on countless occasions.
Lee is also known for his smooth and efficient footwork that makes him one of the fastest singles player in the circuit. His strength in the third set (attributed to incredible fitness) and his all around deceptive and accurate strokes are also well known. In terms of his weaknesses he will sometimes make too many errors at inopportune times, get trapped at the back corners of the court, and sometimes has difficulty finishing off rallies once he has gained an advantage, though he is constantly developing this part of his game.
In the 2006 World Badminton Championship, he disappointingly lost to Bao Chunlai of China in the quarterfinal in three tightly contested games despite dominating the first game. He was leading in the first set but his performance was eventually undone by committing too many unforced errors. He won the second game easily and both players went toe to toe in the third game before Lee Chong Wei succumbed to pressure after the score was tied at 18-18. Prior to losing this match to Bao, their head to head meetings record stood at 8-0 in favour of Lee Chong Wei. He entered the world championship as the world ranked number one and as the top seeded player. This loss is seen as a stepback for Lee as he was favoured by many to go all the way to capture the world title.
This dismal performance was followed by another below-par outing in the 2006 Japan Open where he lost tamely to Indonesian maestro Taufik Hidayat in straight sets. These recent defeats ended his brief reign as world number one. However, it seems that his old form has returned after his victory against Bao Chunlai in the finals of the Djarum Indonesian Open 2007, the irony being that his defeat against Bao Chunlai in the World Championships in Madrid started his downhill slide.
Lee continued his great form later in Sudirman Cup 2007, defeating all opponents in straight sets, including world champion, Lin Dan whom he clearly outclassed throughout the game. Lee was also clearly controlling the final match against Chen Hong in Philippines Open 2007.
He continued his good run of form by upsetting Lin Dan to win the 2007 Japan Open. Later, he defeated Chunlai once again to lift the French Open title.
Chong Wei has just won his first Super Series in 2008 by beating Lee Hyun Ii from Korea in Malaysia Super Series 2008.
Lee Chong Wei in MCA campaign as MCA's badminton ambassador in Malaysia's 12th General Election 2008: Report.
In Thomas Cup 2008, although Malaysia team was not able to get into the Final, but Chong Wei was simply the most consistent player for Malaysia Team in Thomas Cup 2008. Chong Wei archieve 100% win in Thomas Cup 2008, including the match against his rival, Lin Dan from China. Based on the player performance in Thomas Cup 2008, China's Coach, Lee Yong Poh, was tipped, Chong Wei would be high rated to win the Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing Olympic 2008.
|Korea Open||1st Runner-Up|
|Final||Peter Gade Christensen||-||Lee Chong Wei||21-18 10-21 21-17|
|Semifinal||Lee Chong Wei||-||Przemyslaw Wacha||21-17 21-12|
|Quarterfinal||Lee Chong Wei||-||Sung Hwan Park||18-21 21-7 21-16|
|2nd Round||Lee Chong Wei||-||Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk||21-14 21-9|
|1st Round||Lee Chong Wei||-||Ji Hoon Hong||21-11 17-21 21-15|