LEE Chong Wei’s priority is not the World No 1 ranking but victories in the major events next year.
Chong Wei also believes his current form should not be taken as a yardstick as his performance towards the end of a season has never been good.
Despite that, Chong Wei will still compete in the China (Nov 12-17) and Hong Kong (Nov 19-24) Opens due to sponsorship obligations and will also play in the season ending Super Series Finals on Dec 11-15 as Malaysia is hosting for the event.
Chong Wei has always enjoyed his best form early in a season where he has won the Malaysia and Korea Opens on several occasions and expects another good start before he targets next year’s major events.
The World Championships in Copenhagen on Aug 25-31 and the Asian Games in Incheon on Sept 19-Oct 4 — championships he has never won — will be his main objectives while he should have no problems retaining the Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow (July 23-Aug 3).
"It will be tough next year as there are several major events and I want to focus on them. If I do well, I can maintain my No 1 position. So, achieving results in the major events will be my goal next year," said Chong Wei after attending the ‘Win the Day’ campaign launched by isotonic drink 100Plus in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
"I lose concentration towards the end of the year as I get tired after a long season but I have to play in three more tournaments — the China and Hong Kong Opens and the Super Series Finals.
"Given a choice, I want to rest but I don’t think I have much choice. However, I play well in the beginning of a year and I intend do that again in January and maintain my form after that.
"Among the major events, I don’t think we are ready for the Thomas Cup Finals. It is a team event and we need to have overall strength.
"(Liew) Daren, (Chong) Wei Feng and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong must improve on their performance and we also don’t have strong second and reserve doubles."