Chong Wei wants to re­gain his con­fi­dence

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IT is not look­ing good for Lee Chong Wei, es­pe­cially af­ter suf­fer­ing early ex­its from his last two tournaments.

A de­feat in the sec­ond round of the Den­mark Open and a shock first round loss at the French Open last month, clearly has af­fected the 35-year-old’s con­fi­dence.

In Odense, the for­mer World No 1 was shown the exit by In­dia’s H.S. Prannoy, while in Paris, Chong Wei was knocked out by Ja­pan’s ris­ing star Kenta Nishi­moto.

Thus, Chong Wei has de­cided to lower his ex­pec­ta­tion as he takes to the court in the China Open today, where he hopes to re­gain his lost con­fi­dence and de­sire to con­tinue play­ing top level bad­minton.

“I felt hope­less as my con­fi­dence level was so low af­ter the Den­mark and French Opens. How­ever, I also un­der­stand that it is only nat­u­ral in sports for one to win and lose,” he said yes­ter­day.

“Per­son­ally, it’s how I bounce back from a sit­u­a­tion like this that mat­ters more.

“I don’t want to pres­sure my­self. That is why, at this China Open, I have de­cided to fo­cus on one match at a time and not have any high ex­pec­ta­tion.”

The three-time Olympic Games silver medal­list opens his cam­paign in Fuzhou against Tai­wan’s Hsu Jen Hao. Chong Wei is also in the same half as five-time world cham­pion Lin Dan, whom he might face in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Top seed and reign­ing world cham­pion Vik­tor Ax­elsen of Den­mark is also in the same half, along­side fifth seed Chou Tien Chen of Tai­wan.

Af­ter the China Open, Chong Wei is slated to com­pete in the Hong Kong Open next week. It will be his last tour­na­ment for the year, af­ter which he has de­cided to spend time with his fam­ily.

“Next year is cru­cial as there are a few im­por­tant tournaments (Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games, Thomas Cup, Asian Games and the World Cham­pi­onships). I want to rest well and make sure I am fresh for the new year,” added Chong Wei. Helmi Talkah

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