it doesn’t make sense to me why a high level Chun can’t beat a high level other player but you are correct as far as tourneys go such as EVO
you won’t see a Chun player in top 8 and here are some reasons why:
Chun Li has several bad match ups that are commonly used at high level play
She lacks a vortex as well as not being a mix up heavy character without taking some hefty risks that can lead to getting hurt really bad.
No Command grabs
No Safe - FADCable reversals
Situational Anti Airs (no cure all move)
She lacks a move that is brain dead like C.Viper’s Burn Kicks or Yun,Yang,Rufus’ Dive Kicks
Her Super is awesome, Her Ultra 1 has fall out issues with many cast members and even then most have to be spaced properly with correct combos,
Ultra 2 is semi versatile but the damage is far too low for me to personally to even consider using it in a match.
She has excellent walk speed and pokes as well as a pretty good FA with solid range.
Fair fireball game but nothing like Guile or Dee Jay’s as far as charge characters go.
has the abilities to build good stun and perform meterless combos with fair damage.
With all that said I do feel strongly that players such as Y24 or Vivitan could do some serious damage at an EVO tourney.