CHANCE TO SHUT THEM UP
Chong Wei out to get even with rivals who have branded him arrogant
IN what could be his final outing in the All England, Lee Chong Wei will not only be eyeing his fourth title but wants to get even with some rivals who have branded him as arrogant.
Danes Viktor Axelsen and Hans Kristian Vittinghus told badzine.de recently that they were not “very fond” of the World No 1’s attitude on court.
“What bothers me about Chong Wei is that if he has the chance to hit your body with the shuttle, he will do so.
“He does not just play the shuttle into the open court, even if that’s clearly enough to take a point, but no, he’s always trying to hit your body, every time, and that makes you angry,” said Axelsen.
But the Danish World No 3 also praised the Malaysian by stating that he is a fantastic player and always plays to win.
World No 13 Vittinghus said: “I played twice against him in Malaysia. If he is clearly in the lead, he will show off and fool around with you.
“And this does not make him particularly appealing,” said the Dane.
Axelsen and Chong Wei have met 10 times with the former recording his only win over the World No 1 in their last encounter at last year’s BWF Super Series Finals in Dubai.
Vittinghus lost in all his four previous meetings against the three-time Olympic silver medallist.
Chong Wei is known to show off at times during matches with his fancy returns but he does it to relax his mind from the pressures of the game. and it has nothing to do with being disrespectful.
The three-time All England champion recently had a spat with BA of Malaysia technical director Morten Frost after he suffered a knee injury from falling on a mat at Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara last month.
The top seed will play a qualifier in the first round and is drawn to face fifth seed and reigning Olympic champion Chen Long in the semi-finals.
Axelsen must thank his lucky stars for not been drawn in Chong Wei’s half. Third seeded Axelsen is expected to face twotime Olympic champion Lin Dan in the quarter-finals and second seed Jan O Jorgensen in the semi-finals.
Vittinghus is drawn in Chong Wei’s half but the Dane is likely to exit in his expected second round match against Chen Long.
Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli is the other Malaysian in the main draw. He, however, is expected to be shown the door by Lin Dan in the first round.
Lee Chong Wei is gunning for his fourth All England title.