Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei looked to Roger Federer, the 35-year-old tennis maestro who just won his eighth Wimbledon, as strong inspiration of pursuing his first World Championships title at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland from Aug 21 to 27.
Lee admitted athletes such as Federer are always hungry to do their best, strive for the best, and work very hard for all their successes.
“Roger Federer cemented his reputation as the greatest tennis player by lifting a record eighth Wimbledon title really motivated me for the World championships especially when he is only 1 year older than me. If he can win, so can I,” said Lee at the Aidilfitri open house of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) on Sunday.
Lee conceded that he was feeling the pressure of trying to claim the World Championships as four Chinese players namely Shi Yuqi, Tian Houwei, Lin Dan and defending champion, Chen Long have qualified for the tournament.
“I’ve been training for three weeks under Misbun Sidek, and hope he can enhance my physical and mental toughness.”
Lee who launched his badminton academy in Ipoh on Saturday, also told reporters that he planned to open two more badminton academies, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Johor.