KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): "Going to court alone. No one is with me anymore," China's badminton star Lin Dan posted Thursday (June 13) on social media Weibo following the announcement of Datuk Lee Chong Wei's retirement.
He also shared a song from the 90s titled Don't Cry My Friend by singer David Lui in his post on Chinese social media site Weibo.
Chong Wei has always been Lin Dan's biggest rival in badminton.
Former Danish player Peter Gade, the world no.1 in 2006, also expressed his gratitude to Chong Wei for the memories they had shared throughout the years.
"Dear Lee Chong Wei. The badminton world will miss you in every way! Thank you for all the moments we've shared through the years. I wish you all the best in the coming years with your family and friends," he said on his official Facebook page.
Another Dane, Viktor Axelsen, who is currently 6th in the world ranking men's singles, also wished Chong Wei the best for his future.
Since the announcement of Chong Wei's retirement Thursday, his name has been trending on social media.
Twitter user @Thashaj tweeted that the badminton legend had helped bring Malaysians together and breaking racial barriers through his sporting career.
Another Twitter user @marxhyyy said: "You are everyone's favourite. Thank you, Datuk LCW. Happy Retirement."
Malaysians also flooded Chong Wei's official Instagram account with positive comments.
Social media was also flooded with netizens expressing their sadness over Chong Wei's retirement after 19 illustrious years of playing for the country.
Chong Wei, 36, announced his retirement at a press conference at the Youth and Sports Minister's office in the presence of the minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. – Bernama