Chong Wei first to use instant review system

Chong Wei first to use instant review system
Lee Chong Wei beat China's Wang Zhengming 21-10, 21-18 in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals on Dec 11, 2013. During the match, the instant review system was used for the first time when Chong Wei challenged the linesman’s call.

KUALA LUMPUR - World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was all smiles as he became the first person to utilise the instant review system in his win over China's Wang Zhengming at the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium on Wednesday.

Chong Wei, who is gunning for his fourth Super Series Finals title since winning three from 2008-2010, was hardly troubled by Zhengming, winning 21-10, 21-18 in their Group A match.

The first set was a breeze as the Chinese shuttler appeared affected by the draft.

But it was the second set which became a milestone of sorts as Chong Wei challenged the linesman's call whilst trailing 2-4. The video review overruled the call in his favour.

The Super Series Finals marks the first time the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is implementing the instant review system.

And Chong Wei gave two thumbs-up to the system, saying he believes it will serve a better purpose for the sport.

"It is good and fair because sometimes the shuttlecock travels so fast that even the linesman can't see it," said Chong Wei.

"I don't argue with the linesman because you can't fault them at times. With this system, it is so much better.

"I'm proud of BWF for taking the effort and initiative to implement this system and I know all the other players are happy as well.

"As for my match, I think Zhengming was affected by the draft as his shots only reached the halfcourt in the first game.

"For me, it's a good start but I have to stay focused because I know everyone else wants to beat me on my home ground," added Chong Wei, who will face Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana on Thursday.

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