World No.1 Lee Chong Wei steered Malaysia to a first group tie win at the Thomas and Uber Cups in Wuhan Monday, where the injury-hit shuttler hopes to regain his form before the Olympics.
In Malaysia's tie against South Africa, Lee, popularly known as LCW, effortlessly switched play from smash drives to delicate drop shots and showing no sign of the flu that had hindered his preparations.
"Today was very important even if the opposition was not strong," Lee said.
Lee arrived in Wuhan with a point to prove. After an injury-plagued season and run of poor results, his closest rivals on the circuit, particularly long-time foe Olympic champion China's Lin Dan, are eyeing Olympic success ahead of the Malaysian.