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Best of Asia: Lee Cheuk Yiu

Lee Cheuk Yiu is a badminton player from Hong Kong. He started to play badminton at a very young age, five years old. He made his international debut in 2013 when he entered the Asian Youth Games tournament. At that time, Lee had to settle for a silver medal after losing 22–24, 14–21 to China’s Lin Guipu. One year later, he was the runner up at the Korea Junior Open and won bronze at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships 2014. At the senior level, the first prestigious title he got was during the 2017 New Zealand Open when he was defeating Wang Tzu Wei from Taiwan, 11–21, 21–15, 22–20. 

Lee Cheuk Yiu had been in the spotlight for a few years because he managed to beat several badminton athletes with BWF rankings that were far above him. For example, Lee reached the final of the 2019 Hong Kong Open, and won in the quarters and semifinals against former world champion Viktor Axelsen and the former world number one, Srikanth Kidambi. In fact during the 2019 Hong Kong Open Lee surprisingly defeated Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who was ranked far above Lee with a final score of 16–21, 21–10, 22–20. Lee Cheuk Yiu's surprise then continued at the 2021 French Open. Facing third seed Anders Antonsen from Denmark, Lee confidently beat his opponent with a score of 21-19, 21-19.

At the Petronas Malaysia Open 2022, he performed solidly against world champion Loh Kean Yew at the Axiata Arena on Tuesday, 28 June 2022. His hard work to defeat the Singapore representative's rally game paid off with a 21-19 21-12 victory. He also qualified for the second round. Lee’s performance continued to improve, his participation in training in Dubai with Viktor Axelsen is also considered to have influenced his performances in the last two tournaments. 

During an interview conducted after a tournament, Lee Cheuk Yiu stated, “I want to increase my mental toughness. I want to be a top player, so I want to fight for everything. Many players know my style, so I want to change. I want to be more patient.” 

 

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