Brice Leverdez of France pulled off the first biggest upset in the badminton world by defeating the second seeded and top contender Lee Chong Wei in the opening Men’s Singles contest of the 2017 TOTAL BWF World Championships.
The 31-year-old claimed the win of his career over three-time World Badminton Championships finalist Wei with a 21-19, 22-24, 21-17 victory in three games, 75 minutes of action at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Leverdez admitted that staying relaxed helped him to win the game against Wei.
“I was trying to be as light-hearted as possible. The conditions were perfect today. I know I was in trouble at 10-15 in the third, I just told myself to play safe and get in the game again, and wait for one or two errors from him. Show him that you’re not giving him easy points, and it worked. I knew I had to attack all the way, I played well at the net, I knew I would have only one chance at the net with him. Mostly, it was about staying relaxed. I had fun since the first point, no matter if I won or lost the point… I think at 17-all he lost his mind and gave me the match with three easy points.”
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Malaysian player accepted the defeat despite of being out to the World Championships.
“It’s okay. I tried my best. I didn’t play well. I made a lot of simple mistakes.”
When Lee was asked about the retirement, this was his statement:
“I don’t know. I’m blank right now. Maybe I’ll retire tomorrow. Everybody wants to know if I will play until Tokyo 2020. I will see if I have the fire. If I don’t, I’ll retire.”
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