World number one badminton player Lee Chong Wei has admitted that he started thinking of retirement after winning the Malaysian Open Super Series tournament for the tenth time in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. The Malaysian star was visibly emotional after he completed his 21-19, 21-9 victory over Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto and mentioned that this would be his last Malaysian Open.
Lee, who had to stay content with a silver medal at the London Olympic Games for the second time in 2012 after an epic battle with old foe Lin Dan of China, said he was not sure if he would ever compete again at the big stage.
"I don't know whether I can last until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. I just cannot imagine how I would fare in three years' time," Lee told reporters. "I have been playing for many years and I feel the need to spend more time with my family. This whole week my wife and mother were asking why I was so tensed up. I want to spend more time with my baby boy," he added.
Lee's immediate aim would be winning a third consecutive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and a first world championship later in August. A decision on the future is expected after the South Korea Asian Games in September. "For now, I just don't know whether I can go on after the Asian Games. There is also personal problems and pressure," said Lee.