Badminton: Lee bounces back in style, targets Olympic gold
BIRMINGHAM: World number one Lee Chong Wei bounced back from his first day scare, reasserting a challenge for the All-England Open title and confirming that he will try once more for an Olympic gold medal.
The twice former champion from Malaysia reached the quarter-finals with a straight games win over Wang Zhengming, which was very different from the match point crises he had to survive the previous day against Hong Kong's Wang Wing Ki.
"It made me much more focused," Lee said after his 21-17, 21-19 win over the world number 19 from China.
"I know I am very lucky still to be in the tournament. I feel very happy now that I have got through. I feel my fitness is okay and I definitely played better than yesterday."
Despite this Lee still had to come from 10-13 down in the first game and to fend off a Wang fight-back which cut a five-point deficit to one near the end of the second game.
Lee produced some tremendous mid-court plunges in defence, was clever and quick at the net, and changed containment into offence fluidly with his light movement.
"I am fortunate to be here and I will just enjoy it and see," he said when asked about the All-England title, but conspicuously he did not completely refuse talk about the Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
"I will try for two years and see how I am," the 30-year-old said, half-smiling, unable entirely to hide his pleasure at the thought.
"If I am then free of injury I will try for that."