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Personal life[edit

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In his early years, Lee 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 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]

Lee fought back from 13–20 down in the rubber match and scored eight match points against Lin Dan. In the Malaysia Open.[28] The 2007 season saw Lee failing to reach the final for the first time in five years in the Malaysia Open.[32] Lee took a swipe at chief coach Yap Kim Hock soon after the defeat by claiming that Yap treated him indifferently and was putting pressure in his preparation for the championships. as he achieved three titles in the Philippines Open. his first title since the 2006 Malaysia Open after reuniting with former coach Misbun Sidek from Li Mao. He also managed to reach the final of the China Open and Hong Kong Open. despite his knee injury haunting him on both occasions. Macau Open and Hong Kong Open. Lee won a bronze in his first appearance in the world meet. the Japan Open.[27] However. he was defeated in the third round to Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro.[20] Lee then secured two titles in 2004. in both the men's singles and mixed team events.[29] His performance at the second half of the year was solid. His journey ended in the second round when he was defeated by Chen Hong. In his first Olympic appearance.Career[edit] 2002–2007[edit] Lee picked up only one title in 2002 and 2003. He was crowned as the winner of the Swiss Open.[23] Asian Badminton Championships and his third Malaysia Open title.[26] and he participated in the World Championships as top seed. the Malaysia Open and the Chinese Taipei Open. reaching the final of the 2003 Malaysia Open (his first final of a major tournament) where he was defeated by Chen Hong of China.[25] Lee reached the top spot twice in the Badminton World Federation's world rankings in 2006. his second Malaysia Open title and the Denmark Open. The match was also marred by two controversial line calls that were not in favour of Lee. despite the tournament being held in front of his home crowd and his solid performance during the second half of the year. He also reached the final of the Chinese Taipei Open. Lee gained a spot for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. he was upset by Bao Chunlai of China in the quarterfinal despite Lee winning at their previous meeting. despite Malaysia finishing just fifth in the tournament. the 2005 World Championships after losing to eventual winner Taufik Hidayat in the semi-final.[21] Lee scored another two titles in 2005. and finally won the game with a score of 23–21 to secure the title. and the French Open. Later on that season he took the Indonesia Open crown.[33] . He also suffered an early exit in five competitions afterward.[30] Lee won all matches he played in the Sudirman Cup in June.[31] Lee's low point of the year was in the World Championships. Lee defeated Ng Wei of Hong Kong in the first round.[22] Lee won three titles out of six finals in 2006.[24] Lee won Malaysia's two gold medals in the badminton event for 2006 Commonwealth Games.

[36] the All England Open.2008[edit] Playing in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics Lee kicked off 2008 with success.[40] In the 2008 Olympic Games. as Lee was completely outplayed by Lin Dan and salvaged only 20 points. [41] and Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the quarter-finals. However.[51] The Chinese media also speculated that the three factors had hampered Lee's . it was a one-sided final.[43] However.[49] Lee ended his last Super Series tournament of the year. He cruised to straight game victories over Ronald Susilo in the second round. with a sudden withdrawal due to a knee injury. capturing his fourth Malaysia Open title in five years. conceding a walkover to Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.[50] His last minute withdrawal led to the Chinese media to tag him as the "weakest world number one".[46] and Lin Dan respectively. Other tournaments he took part in were th Korea Open. the Singapore Open.[37] the Swiss Open. the Macau Open and the China Open.[45] Taufik Hidayat. Lee was given a bye in the first round. but eventually Lee was able to beat the South Korean and reach the final. the Hong Kong Open. Misbun Sidek.[44] He came second place overall. Lee only captured one other title that year.[42] In the semi-finals Lee Hyun-il gave him a tough fight.[38] the Badminton Asia Championships. Indonesia where Lee helped Malaysia advance through to the semi-final where he defeated Lin Dan to give Malaysia a 1–0 lead in its clash with defending champion China. losing 12–21. 8–21.[34] He then took part in However. but lost to Sony Dwi Kuncoro.[48] His coach. Lee participated in several tournaments after the Olympic Games without capturing a title. Malaysia eventually lost 2–3 due to the defeat of its first doubles team in the vital final match. Kęstutis Navickas in the third round. He advanced to the finals of the Japan Open.[35] which was the final tournament in his pre-Olympic preparations.[39] and Thomas Cup in Jakarta.[47] In the French Open Lee was eliminated in the semi-finals. cited the pressure of being ranked world number one to explain Lee's recent failure to capture a title.

he secured his second title of the year in the Swiss Open which was held in Basel.[77] In June. Lin Dan and China's other top players did not compete. Lee helped Malaysia reach the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup. thus breaking the record of six consecutive titles set by Misbun Sidek. He only managed to reach the second round of the Open.[68] before winning the Hong Kong Open in November. Lee participated in the Japan Open. Lee was defeated by Lin Dan. Lee bounced back winning the Indonesia Open. They listed these as the stress of the Olympic final. but once again failed to beat his all time rival Lin Dan.[80] and Macau Open in August.[78] However.[59] He cited the loss was due to food poisoning and insisted the authorities improve the conditions before the World Championships.[75] In the quarterfinals.[74] Lee participated in the Thomas Cup in his home ground. his first treble in the Super Series titles. which saw the competition played without the top badminton players in the world. thus helping to secure Malaysia's place in the semi-finals. Lee suffered a shock exit in another attempt for the World Championships.[63] despite failing to defend his Singapore Open title when he was taken by Nguyen Tien Minh in the second round. but was beaten by Taufik Hidayat in the quarter-finals.[64] Lee kicked off the second half of the season with defeat by Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the world meets. the All England Open.[58] Next.[73] and defeated Kenichi Tago to win the oldest and prestigious badminton championship in the world.[66] He reached the semi-final in the China Masters.[53] Lee ended the year with a title in the Super Series Masters Finals. defeating Lin Dan in straight sets and marking his first win in the finals against the Chinese opponent outside home turf.[61] He won another two titles in June.[67] Then.[56][57] However.[82] Misbun cited .[55] He failed to secure his first Korea Open and All England Open title despite marching into the final. their association citing injuries and fatigue. Lee participated in the Singapore Open losing in the quarter-finals. He managed to defeat Kenichi Tago and take the first point.[71] 2010[edit] Lee started the year with the title in all events he took part. which ended his 18-match unbeaten record since the start of the year. the first in national history. despite Malaysia's eventual loss (2–3) to Japan. However. Lee was surprisingly defeated by Chen Long of China in the India Open. he beat Peter Gade.[69] His inconsistency saw him tumble down in the first round of the China Open.[65] but went on to win the Macau Open in August.[79] Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold in July. he recorded his seventh consecutive victory at the National Badminton Grand Prix Final in Kedah on 12 December 2008.[60] In May.[76] In the semi-finals against China. the Indonesia Open[62] and the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.[54] 2009[edit] Lee Chong Wei started the 2009 season with his fifth Malaysia Open title.[70] In December.performance since the Olympic Games. Lee defended his Super Series Masters Finals title.[52] Despite Lee's recent difficulties in international play. He gained his first ever Korea Open crown. and (echoing Misbun Sidek's conjecture) the pressure of being the world number one. his first since he took part in 2004. a phobia of Lin Dan due to his lopsided Olympic defeat at Lin's hands.[81] In late August.[72] sixth Malaysia Open. despite his unbeaten record in the tournament being blown out by Lin Dan.

he won his second consecutive Hong Kong Open title.[83] On 26 September.[98] In September. after being beaten by South Korea 2–3.[103] and the Super Series Master Finals.[90] In March. he failed to defend the Korea Open title.[104] 2012[edit] .[86] At season's end. Lee once again tasted defeat at the hands of his great rival.[102] the China Open. Lee won his seventh Malaysia Open title by defeating Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia in the final. then he successfully defended his gold medal once again in the singles event a few days later.[88] 2011[edit] In January.[89] However. Malaysia's journey ended in quarterfinals.[92] and also his third consecutive Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title a week later.[99] In October. in the final.[101] This was followed by triple semi-finals exit in the Hong Kong Open.[84] In October. he won his first ever India Open.[94][95][96] In late June. Despite beating reigning World Champion Chen Jin in the semi-final.[87] and third consecutive Super Series Master Finals title.[100] He won the French Open a week later. the only title not taken by Chinese players in the tournament. he lost to Chen Long again in his bid for his second Denmark Open title. becoming the first non-Indonesian player to complete the hat-trick in the tournament. he helped Malaysia to beat India to defend the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games mixed team event. Lee led for most of the match but lost two important match points in the rubber game. Lee also failed to defend his Japan Open crown after defeat by China's rising star Chen Long. Lee beat his arch rival Lin Dan in the Japan Open. Lin Dan. 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. after being beaten by Lin Dan from China in three games.[93] Despite the fact that Lee won all the matches he played during the Sudirman Cup. he won the Indonesia Open. the world's first ever million-dollar badminton tournament.[91] On Labour Day. and was praised by prime minister Najib Tun Razak.[97] 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. where the tournament was held in January 2011.that the loss was due to the back injury he picked-up after the match against Rajiv Ouseph in the third round.[85] The following month he won a silver medal at the Asian Games.

[111] and blamed pressure for close defeat."[116] He won the Japan Open and Denmark Open on his return since the London Olympic Games. the Korea Open. This also dashed Lee's hopes of becoming the first man to win three successive All England Open titles.[109] Lee was out for three to four weeks after suffering an ankle injury during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark.[5] BBC Sport analyst Gail Emms said. He closely beat Ville Lång of Finland in rubber games for the first round.[112] In the second round.[113] before beating Kashyap Parupalli of India in the quarter-finals.[106] In March.[115] This is the second meeting in the Wembley Arena for both players after the 2011 World Championships. he captured his fifth straight and eighth Malaysia Open title. Lin managed to level the point and edge him narrowly by 21–19. Despite leading for most of the time in the third game.Playing in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics Lee started the Olympic year with the first Super Series tournament of the season. Lee lost in the All England Open when he bowed out in the second game after receiving medical help on three occasions. only a few days after his marriage.[110] Lee returned to the court for the first time after recovering from his injury to play in the London Olympic Games. In a repeat of the previous year's final. Lee led the match after winning the first game but Lin brought it to the rubber games.[119] 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. he beat Chen Long of China in straight sets despite early predictions that Chen would be difficult to beat.[107] In April. he avenged his loss to Lin Dan by defeating him in three sets. he eased to a victory against Indonesia's Simon Santoso. and set up a repeat of 2008's final against Lin Dan.[114] In the semi-finals. [117][118] but lost in the final of the Hong Kong Open.[105] A week later.[120] . he was defeated by South Korean Shon Wan-ho in the final of the India Open. thus equalling the number of home titles held by Wong Peng Soon who won them between 1940 and 1953.[108] but retained his Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title for the fourth time in a row in May. "You couldn't have asked for any more from Lee Chong Wei. forcing Lee to settle for silver once more.

[134] He recorded his tenth Malaysia Open title a week later. he announced this would be his last Malaysia Open outing. he took the Japan Open title for fourth time. as he would assess his condition after the Asian Games and may retire if the results are not good.[121] A week later. After attempting to continue. to the young Chinese player Tian Houwei.[128] After the World Championships.[125] He then won the second India Open title and fifth Indonesia Open. he had to retire and was subsequently stretchered to hospital. he captured his ninth Malaysia Open title.[126][127] In August.[135] . despite marching into the final.[123] [124] In April. his fourth straight defeat by the Chinese. He suffered leg cramps late into the third game. Lee participating in four Super Series tournaments. Lee said he was disappointed with his performance during the tournament. he lost in the final of Denmark Open and semifinal of the French Open. Lee took the Korea Open title for the third time. the season ending Super Series tournament.[133] 2014[edit] In January. which broke the record of eight titles previously held by Wong Peng Soon. Lee lost in the final of Korea Open to Chen Long. Lee eventually marched into the final of the World Championships.2013[edit] Playing in the quarterfinals of the 2013 French Open. he lost in the semi-finals of the Australia Open. but Lee's hopes were once again dashed in a repeat of his 2011 final and 2010 Asian Games defeat against Lin Dan.[122] Lee then lost in the final of the All England Open to Chen Long. First. Soon after the triumph.[132] Lee won record fourth Masters Finals title.[129] Then.[130][131] and triumph again in the Hong Kong Open.

[146] Lee again had to settle for the second at the World Championships as he lost to Chen Long in the final. First. Lee won the Hong Kong Open.[147] After the World Championships. he won the Japan Open for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall. he was stunned by Simon Santoso in final of the Singapore Open. .[152] The following week.[139] In June. thus making him the first ever men's singles shuttler to have won all Super Series titles.[138] Lee won every match he contested during the Thomas Cup campaign.Further. Therefore ending the year with three back-toback titles. only losing to Japan with a score of 3–2. losing to Chen Long of China in straight sets. he won his third All England Open and India Open title respectively.[149] and then in the second round of Denmark Open.[144] 2015[edit] The Sudirman Cup was Lee's first tournament after serving an eight-month suspension for a doping violation.[140] He lost in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open.[142] He again lost to Chen in the semifinals of Asian Games team competition.[145] He then took back to back titles by winning the US Open and Canada Open. Lee bounced back to win the French Open. He went on to win all three matches he played in the tournament.[136][137] However.[141] In August. Malaysia reached the finals.[148] followed by the qualifying rounds of the Korea Open.[151] followed by his first ever China Open title. Lee came second for the third time at the World Championships.[153] However Lee did not qualify for the Super Series Finals.[150] After three early round losses. in the second round of the Japan Open.[143] and lost to Lin Dan in semifinals of singles event few days later. Lee endured three early round exits. this also ended his hope of nine straight Super Series finals.

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