LEE Chong Wei made a telling statement when he won the Indonesia Open singles title on Sunday that he is not just on track but will be Malaysia's best bet to clinch a title in the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.
Chong Wei's ability to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat in the Singapore Open just a week ago and destroy Indonesia's favourite sporting idol, Taufik Hidayat in his own backyard, is a good sign that the Malaysian World No 1 can nail the major title in Hyderabad.
Sunday's win by no means makes him the favourite for the singles title in the World Championships as China's Olympic champion Lin Dan will be looking to seal his hat-trick in the event but nonetheless, this will be Chong Wei's best chance to put his more illustrious opponent in the shade.
Lin Dan has not been the same since winning gold in Beijing and it remains to be seen if he remains hungry enough to secure another world title.
Also, he seems uninterested to regain the World No 1 spot which he held for nearly four years. He has not won any title since clinching the All England in March.
However, Lin Dan's reputation as a player with the big match temperament will still make him the one to beat in Hyderabad.