By SARUN SAELEE
HONG KONG – It is only one week left before one of the badminton super series, the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2011, will kick off. This time, Malaysian world number one in men’s singles Lee Chong Wei (李宗偉) is expected to defend his title of the event.
The Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2011 will take place at the Hong Kong Coliseum from Nov. 15-20, 2011. Winners of the 11th super series of the Badminton World Federation in each category, comprising men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles will be rewarded with $250,000.
Lee, 29, the owner of eight titles this year so far, is still deemed high potential and strong enough to claim this title. However, his way to do so looks not that smooth because of participation of many professional badminton players around the world, including his key opponent, Lin Dan (林丹), the world number 3 from China and 2008 Beijing Olympic champion.
This year, the fights between Lee and Lin happened three times in the finals of three badminton programs, comprising VICTOR Korea Open, Yonex All England Open and Yonex BWF World Championships 2011. The latter won two out of three, according to the statistics from the BWF website.
Clara Kwok, an organizer of Hong Kong Badminton Club, said Lee was likely to win this competition since he could also beat Lin many times.
Actually, the BWF reported the head-to-head figure between the two prominent badminton exponents that until now, the total number of Lee’s victory against Lin was eight times while the figure of Lin was double.
Jeffrey Trinidad, 26, a member of HKBC from the Philippines, also agreed that Lee would grab the gold medal. He said although Lin was strong, scores of the competitions between them were very close in all matches they met.
“Now, it is time of Lee Chong Wei,” he added.
Lin defeated Lee in the final of the Yonex BWF World Championships 2011 in London by the score of 20-22, 21-14, 23-21. See the video clip below how exciting it was.
No matter who will win and grab the prizes, this should be a great chance for all badminton fans in Hong Kong to see their favorite players how skillful they are. Moreover, it is absolutely going to be a joyful time for every spectator in the coliseum.
Let’s cheer all!!