Wednesday, March 17, 2010

[TheStar Badminton news] Misbun: Chong Wei’s the best of the lot

SEPANG: Having proved he is a worthy world No. 1 by claiming the first three Super Series titles of the season, coach Misbun Sidek (pic) feels that Lee Chong Wei is the best Malaysian singles player of the modern generation.

Chong Wei battled his way to a 21-19, 21-19 win over Kenichi Tago of Japan in the All-England final in Birmingham on Sunday.
He is the fifth Malaysian to win the prestigious title after Wong Peng Soon, Datuk Eddy Choong, Tan Aik Huang and Mohd Hafiz Hashim. But more fittingly, he achieved the feat in the 100th edition of the tournament.
Chong Wei, the 2008 Beijing Olympic silver medallist, started the season by winning the Korean Open for the first time and followed it up with a successful Malaysian Open title defence.
“Chong Wei is the best Malaysian player of the modern game. He has a lot of special skills but more importantly, he is willing to work hard,” said Misbun.
“He can undergo tough training without any complaint and I think this is what makes him stand out from the rest.
“The fact that he has won all three Super Series titles thus far this year is a special achievement for him. It is harder now as the sport is evolving, game wise and also equipment wise.
“But if Chong Wei can keep himself fit and avoid injuries as he is not getting any younger, he can overcome any obstacle.”
Misbun now has the distinction of having pro­­duced two All-England champions in seven years. Hafiz was under his charge when he won in 2003 to end a 37-year-old title drought since Aik Huang emerged as champion in 1966.


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