WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei’s crack at the Indonesia Open title will receive a major test against nemesis Lin Dan of China as the duo are likely to meet in the semi-finals of the Super Series event in Jakarta on May 16-21.
Chong Wei, who won the event in 2007, went down in straight games to the Olympic champion in the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou last month.
However, it was the Malaysian who triumphed in their last Super Series meeting, the Swiss Open in April, where Chong Wei upstaged the World No 3 in straight games in Basel.
Chong Wei begins his campaign against Germany’s Marc Zwiebler before a meeting with either Lu Yi or compatriot Hafiz Hashim. This will be followed by an expected quarter-final clash with Bao Chunlai of China or South Korean Park Sung Hwan.
Lin Dan, for his part, will be tested by compatriot Chen Jin but the former is favoured to come through.
Chong Wei has said that there there will be a lot of mind games between the top two and it will be tough to predict the winner in Jakarta.
"Our matches have become very close affairs and the player with the better form and focus on the day will prevail. It will also be hard to tell what Lin Dan has in mind," said Chong Wei.
Hafiz, once again, will not have it easy as he is up against Lu Yi in the first round, while veteran Wong Choong Hann, who will be using the tournament as part of his tune-up for the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16, also has a tricky draw. He opens against Anup Sridhar of India, and if he advances, will find Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro awaiting him next.
In the women’s singles, Wong Mew Choo should clear the first hurdle against a qualifier but will find it tougher against top seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong in the second round.
In the men’s doubles, national No 1 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have a good draw but defending champions Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari will have their work cut out. Kien Keat-Boon Heong will play Jorrit de Ruiter-Jurgen Wouters of the Nettherlands in the first round before a meeting with China’s Guo Zhendong-Xu Chen.
A win will pit them against Mohammad Ahsan-Bona Septano of Indonesia in the last eight before a rigid test against either China’s Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun or Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the semis.
Should Kien Keat-Boon Heong overcome their semi-final opponents, they are likely to meet top seeds Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the final.
Zakry-Fairuz play a qualifier in the first round while compatriots Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng await them in the second. Their biggest concern though will be in the quarter-finals where they are up against South Korean No 1 pair Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae.