SEPANG: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei returned home today to less fanfare after failing in his bid to win Malaysia’s first world title in badminton.
On Sunday, the 30-year-old suffered leg cramps in his final match against old foe Lin Dan in Guangzhou, China, and was forced to retire.
Chong Wei, was trailing 21-16, 13-21, 17-20 when he retired, allowing the Chinese superstar to claim a record fifth world title.
The Penangite was notably sad after landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.35pm.
He was greeted by former Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Sri Nadzmi Salleh and gave a short press conference to members of the media.