PETALING JAYA: Resignation of his coach. Titles and big bucks. And a painful revelation.
Indeed, the month of January has been an extraordinary roller coaster journey for Lee Chong Wei.
The year started quite awkwardly for world No. 1 when his coach, Misbun Sidek, dropped a bombshell by sending in a resignation letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) via email on Dec 31.
But Chong Wei stayed focused and positive and went on to win the 2010 Super Series Masters title in Taipei, lifted the Malaysia Open for a seventh time and finished as the runner-up in the world’s richest tournament, the US$1.2mil South Korea Open.
And for his perseverance and strong show of will, Chong Wei reaped a total of RM430,600 in prize money from the three tournaments and in bonuses from the BAM.
It was a big bonanza for the hard working Chong Wei in a single month. He would have banked in more than RM500,000 if he had claimed the US$90,000 (RM275,000) top prize for the South Korea Open title. But he again fell short to beat China’s Lin Dan in the final.
Although Lin Dan was not in the best of condition to probably not showcase his full strength, he still managed to score a 21-19, 14-21, 21-16 win in more than an hour battle.