Badminton - Chong Wei's world title bid begins with a bang

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- Lee Chong Wei began what is almost certainly his best chance of winning the world title with a routine win over Korean opponent Lee Dong Keun in Copenhagen on Monday.

The world number one from Malaysia's 21-11, 21-12 first round win over Lee contained a higher ratio of fast airborne attacks than usual in his superbly well varied game.

It is two months since Chong Wei last competed – a loss to Japan's Kenichi Tago in Indonesia – but there was no lack of match sharpness and no obvious evidence either of his persistent groin injury.

Despite all this the 31-year-old legend declined to agree that this is the best chance of winning the world title that has somehow eluded him.

"I'll try my best, that's all," he said.

"I can still feel the injury, but today I was very aggressive and I was happy with my performance."

AFP

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