Kuala Lumpur: Former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is looking to hit top form again at Denmark Open and French Open after stumbling in the first round at the 2017 World Championships, and finishing second place at the 2017 Japan Open on September 24th.
“I just need to stay focused on my own game. After I crashed out in the first round of the World Championships, to be able to enter the Japan Open final has given me a chance to feel a bit better and to regain my confidence,” said Lee after the monthly meeting at Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in Bukit Kiara on Tuesday.
Although Lee was handed tough draws at both Denmark and French Open, he appeared to be cool about the difficult tasks he is going face in Europe.
“These two tournaments are very important for me and I want to give them my best. I’ve regained my confidence and my training is going well,” said Lee.
“After knowing who I am going to play in these two tournaments, my coaches and I are working on the game plan together,” added Lee, who is currently ranked seventh in the world.
At the Denmark Open that will be held from Oct 17 to Oct 22, Lee will face Spain’s Pablo Aiban in the first round and if the seedings hold, he is expected to face South Korea’s No. 1 seed Son Wan Ho in the quarter-finals and possibly against Chen Long of China in the semi-finals.
As for the French Open that will be held from Oct 24 to Oct 29, he should be able to move past his opponents in the first and second rounds, and there will be a possible reunion with his nemesis, Lin Dan in the quarter-finals.
When asked about the new restriction Badminton Association of Malaysia put in place in order to restrict Malaysian independent players to make them ineligible to play in Superseries and Gold Grand Prix tournaments, Lee told reporters that as a BAM player, he would have to obey the rules that BAM implements.
“I am still playing for BAM, therefore, I do not want to comment on this. It’s a decision from the management team,” explained Lee.