Chong Wei set to beat any­one in his way

New Straits Times - - Sport - Peter Fabian

LEE Chong Wei is un­fazed by the World Cham­pi­onships draw re­leased by the Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion (BWF) on Wed­nes­day.

The 35-year-old, bound for the com­pe­ti­tion in Glas­gow, Scot­land on Aug 21-27, be­lieves he must over­come any ob­sta­cle to claim the elu­sive ti­tle.

“To be­come world cham­pion, I must de­feat any­body in my path. I have failed on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, so there is noth­ing wrong in try­ing harder this time,” he said.

“Most im­por­tantly, I have to pre­pare my­self and stay hun­gry for suc­cess.

“Prior to the draw, we knew that this would be my tough­est World Cham­pi­onships be­cause China have got four men’s sin­gles play­ers.

“Now that the draw is out, I will take things one step at a time. I will dis­cuss with my coaches to see what is best for me,” said Chong Wei yes­ter­day af­ter at­tend­ing the BA of Malaysia’s (BAM) first monthly as­sem­bly at the Academy Bad­minton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.

At the draw event held at the BWF of­fice in Naza Tower, Chong Wei who reached the World Cham­pi­onships fi­nal in 2011, 2013 and 2015, was drawn in the bot­tom half along­side Olympic and world cham­pion Chen Long, Lin Dan and Den­mark’s Vik­tor Ax­elsen.

Should the Malaysian clear the first three rounds, he is slated to take on Chen Long in the quar­ter-fi­nals and Ax­elsen in the last four stage.

There is also the pos­si­bil­ity of a ti­tanic show­down with his neme­sis and five-time world cham­pion Lin Dan, should both men make it to the fi­nal.

Chong Wei will open his cam­paign against France’s Brice Leverdez in the first round.

The three-time Olympic Games sil­ver medal­list said de­spite feel­ing anx­ious to clinch his maiden world crown, he must stay calm and fo­cused.

“Pres­sure will al­ways be there but it’s nor­mal for play­ers like me. I have to stay calm and fo­cus on my prepa­ra­tion as there are only two more weeks left to the World Cham­pi­onships.”

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