WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will up the tempo when he seeks revenge against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the Guangzhou Asian Games.
Chong Wei will play against the Thai today at the Tianhe Gymnasium for a place in the semi-finals of the men’s singles competition.
Yesterday, the Malaysian was slow off the blocks against Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit, losing the first game before getting his act together to win 17-21, 21-9, 21-6.
Top seed Chong Wei admitted that at times he was his own worst enemy.
On Saturday, Chong Wei was beaten by the top Thai in the first singles match of the team quarter-final tie, which Malaysia lost 2-3.
Chong Wei was ill that day and, fortunately for him, a break in competition has allowed him to recuperate.
That also explains his lethargic start against Yan Kit yesterday.
“It was my first match in the singles competition today and I was slower than usual. But I managed to find my rhythm midway through the second game,” he said.
“The defeat by Boonsak is in the past. I am in better condition for the match against him tomorrow. I hope to be in good form. I cannot afford a slow start if I want to go far.”
At the last Games in Doha four years ago, Chong Wei took the bronze as a losing semi-finalist.
Malaysia challenge in the men’s singles at the Guangzhou Games is down to Chong Wei following the exit of Mohd Hafiz Hashim, who was beaten 18-21, 16-21 by South Korean Park Sung-hwan in a second round match.
“It’s disappointing to lose in the second round again in my third Asian Games,” said Hafiz.
“My campaign is over and I hope Chong Wei will go on and win the singles gold medal.”
In the other matches, Sung-hwan will take on Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia, China’s Lin Dan will play Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh while Chen Jin will face Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan.