Next tar­get is hit­ting a dozen at Malaysia Open

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FRESH from win­ning his fourth All Eng­land crown on Sun­day, Lee Chong Wei is now gun­ning for his 12th Malaysia Open ti­tle.

The 35-year-old who ar­rived in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day, said he feels mo­ti­vated to con­tinue play­ing as long as his body per­mits him.

In Birm­ing­ham, the World No 1 out­classed 21-year-old Shi Yuqi of China 21-12, 21-10 in his sev­enth All Eng­land fi­nal.

The three-time Olympic sil­ver medal­list pre­vi­ously won the All Eng­land ti­tle in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

“The most im­por­tant thing right now is to re­cover and get back to train­ing as I will be head­ing off for the In­dia Open (March 28-April 2) and the Malaysia Open (March 4-9).

“The Malaysia Open means much to me and I hope to win my 12th ti­tle.

“Win­ning the All Eng­land has def­i­nitely mo­ti­vated me and I will push to do well in all the ma­jor tour­na­ments this year,” said Chong Wei, who re­ceived a warm wel­come from his wife (Wong Mew Choo) and kids (Kingston and Ter­rance Lee), BA of Malaysia (BAM) act­ing pres­i­dent Tan Sri Mo­hamed Al Amin Abd Ma­jid and other of­fice bear­ers at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA) yes­ter­day.

On his knee in­jury, which nearly ruled him out of the All Eng­land, Chong Wei said: “I have not fully re­cov­ered but I’m sure in time I will get back to my best.

“The main goal this year is to win the World Cham­pi­onships (in Glas­gow) in Au­gust, as you all know it’s one of the ti­tles that have eluded me all this time.”

When asked if he would play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Chong Wei said: “I can’t prom­ise if I will com­pete in Tokyo be­cause it’s still a long way to go.

“I will take things one year at a time and see how my con­di­tion is. For now I still have the fire and de­sire to con­tinue play­ing.

“Bad­minton is what I love, so I want to play for as long as I can.” Fabian Peter

The Malaysia Open means much to me and I hope to win my

12th ti­tle.

LEE CHONG WEI

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