The year 2011 witnessed a breathtaking confrontation between the world’s number one Lee Chong Wei and his Chinese counterpart – Lin Dan.
The two entered the grand stage of World Championship in style as the former defeated Chen Jin with a comfortable margin of 21-13 and 21-9 in the semi-finals, while the latter was made to stretch the match to three games by his Danish counterpart Peter Gade.
It was supposed to be a cracker and it duly delivered what was expected.
A complete attacking game was spectated with the contenders looking to capitalize on each other’s blunder. The Malaysian professional started off the game in style and eventually, the hard-fought nail-biting first game was conquered – by Lee Chong Wei – with a closest of margin of 22-20.
However, a complete turnaround in the next two games was the perfect picture of Lin Dan’s brilliance. Even though Chong was quick in his counters, Lin Dan’s perfect depiction was spot on. He sponged up everything the Malaysian volleyed at him and his strategy was on hand when he won the second game with a cozy margin of 21-14.
The decisive game in the match was what we can define as ‘pure beauty’. A neck to neck encounter saw Lin Dan taking an early advantage one point; however, the scores were soon tied up at 8-8. Both were breathing heavily and eventually, the score was tied at 21-21. Lin Dan, then, got the advantage as Chong struck the frame of the net and soon after that, a similar error from the Malaysian allowed Lin Dan to go wild as he celebrated yet another trophy.