PETALING JAYA: World No.17 Chong Wei Feng believes he has learned from his mistakes at the Denmark and French Opens last month as he prepares for the China Open which starts in Shanghai on Tuesday.
In Denmark, Wei Feng let slip the opportunity despite winning the first game as he went down fighting to Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.
A week later in Paris, Wei Feng again fell to a three-game defeat, this time to Japan’s Sho Sasaki in the first round.
The Kedahan believes the defeats are a good lesson for him and it will certainly benefit him, especially since he’ll face the on-form Tanongsak once more in the first round.
Wei Feng will also have another shot at Sasaki as well as he has been drawn against the veteran Japanese in the first round of the Hong Kong Open from Nov 19-24.
An added initiative for Wei Feng to do well in China and Hong Kong is that he has been selected to lead Malaysia’s challenge in the Myanmar SEA Games next month. It will be his first appearance in the individual event of the regional Games, having made the squad as the third-ranked player in the 2011 Jakarta Games.
“I was close to beating both Tanongsak and Sasaki in Denmark and France but I just couldn’t close it out,” said the 26-year-old Wei Feng.
“But it is a good lesson for me and I’ve prepared myself well for the China and Hong Kong Opens. I’ve studied the videos of my matches against them in Europe and I know what I did wrong.
“Now, I know how to tackle them. But it will not be easy, especially against Tanongsak as he is playing so well now.
“Still it will be good to go for the win against him as he could be the main challenger for the gold medal in the SEA Games,” added Wei Feng.
Besides Wei Feng, the other Malaysian singles shuttler for the China Open is Liew Daren.
Daren is drawn to meet Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, the French Open champion, in the first round.
World No.1 Lee Chong Wei has pulled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury.