Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Runner-Up Streak

Lee Chong Wei has yet done it again.

This time, another unlucky third upset. After 'strolling' in the opening matches, quarter and semi finals in BWF Macau Open 2008, Lee Chong Wei has reached the finals yet again.

However, Lee Chong Wei was devastated and had a tough time competing against the very determined Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia who was set on winning his first title of the year and making a comeback from his early Beijing Olympics defeat against Malaysian player Wong Choong Han.

It had seemed that Taufik has improved a milestone, or maybe it's the burning passion inside him to win. Chong Wei has fought hard especially during the second set, but alas, he couldn't outlast his opponent.Taufik has defeated Chong Wei in straight sets 21-19, 21-15.

I believe it may have been another time when Chong Wei has made himself in the finals but has lost consequtively and instead only got himself another runner-up position. The other times I remembered was when Chong Wei was defeated by Lin Dan in the Beijing Olympics finals, and in the Japan Open finals against Sony Dwi Kuncuro of Indonesia.

I wouldn't know if this runner-up streak will keep on persist throughout the rest of the year, and I do hope Chong Wei wouldn't done the same thing again. Yes, he may have been one of the best badminton players in terms of recovery and tenacity, but he lacks the agility, responsiveness and aggressiveness like Lin Dan. He should develop a strategy to improve his performance on the court, or he will have his weakness wide-opened by other badminton players in the future.

As a hopeful fan of Chong Wei, I wished that Chong Wei will get back on his feet again, get himself together and make it all the way to the finals of the next Denmark Super Series on October 21. And this time, he should win the finals for god's sake!

However, I still rejoiced that the Malaysian men's doubles pair, Koo Kien Kiet and Tan Boon Heong have retained their Macau Open title by gaining victory over their Chinese-Taipei opponents. It was an intense fight for the both of them, and they deserve the cheers!

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