FO­CUSED ON KUCHING

Chong Wei in right place af­ter opt­ing out of In­dia Open

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

PULLING Lee Chong Wei out of the In­dia Open that starts on Tues­day was the right de­ci­sion, be­lieves men’s sin­gles coach Tey Seu Bock.

Chong Wei, who clinched his fourth All Eng­land crown ear­lier this month, is now fully fo­cused on win­ning his 12th Malaysia Open ti­tle in Kuching on Apr 4-9.

“We made the right de­ci­sion to pull him (Chong Wei) out of the In­dia Open, be­cause given his cur­rent con­di­tion, it would have been too hec­tic for him to play in back-to-back tour­na­ments.

“Every­one knows how im­por­tant the Malaysia Open is to Chong Wei and we want him to be at his best.

“Since re­turn­ing from Birm­ing­ham, I can say that ev­ery­thing is go­ing re­ally smooth for him.

“Now that he is back here, he gets to train and un­dergo re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on his knee,” said Seu Bock when con­tacted.

De­spite a rea­son­ably com­fort­able draw, Seu Bock is not tak­ing things lightly as he be­lieves ev­ery top shut­tler will be aim­ing for Chong Wei’s scalp — espe­cially in front of his home fans.

“It may look easy on pa­per, but we can­not take things lightly.

“Firstly, it’s a Su­per Se­ries Pre­mier and all the top play­ers are go­ing to be here.

“Every­one will also be look­ing to de­feat Chong Wei, espe­cially since it’s his home tour­na­ment.

“Chong Wei can­not let his guard down. Ev­ery match is equally im­por­tant.”

Other no­table play­ers in the top half of the draw are China’s reign­ing Olympic cham­pion Chen Long, All Eng­land and Swiss Open run­ner-up Shi Yuqi and World No 6 Tian Houwei.

Five-time world cham­pion Lin Dan, who has yet to win a Malaysia Open ti­tle, is in the bot­tom half along­side Den­mark’s Jan Jor­gensen and Vik­tor Ax­elsen.

Lee Chong Wei

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