Lee Chong Wei heads to Jakarta with boosted confidence

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Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur:  With four days to go before the start of the 2015 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships, the badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei is feeling confident heading into Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Unlike past years, this year is very different for me, because I am not seeded in the tournament. There is no pressure on me, and I am looking forward to great matches at the world meet,” said Chong Wei.Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

“Winning the world championship is still the goal for me, I’ll play my best going into every match,” added Chong Wei.

Lee Chong Wei believed self-confidence would be one important key to his success in the world championships.

“Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost is accompanying the team to the World Championships in Jakarta. His presence has improved my mental toughness and has boosted my confidence.”

“We were playing without a technical director over the past few years, Morten Frost’s arrival has provided proper planning on both strategies and tactics for any given scenario, and has continued to re-readjust my game plan toward winning results. In addition, Hendrawan has also brought a unique energy and dedication to practice and games, I have improved a lot under their guidance.”

Although many are expecting another iconic Lee Chong Wei – Lin Dan rivalry in the semi-finals of this year’s World Championships, Chong Wei said there are many young players who are capable of making a surprise run for the 2015 world title.

“Young players such as Kento Momota, Kidambi Srikanth, Tommy Sugiarto, and even Chou Tien-chen who defeated Lin Dan at Chinese Taipei Open could generate some strong competitions in Jakarta. Much has been talked about me and Lin Dan for the last couple years, the emergence of these young players has made this year’s World Championships a very exciting event. I hope to compete well for my country, and to achieve good results.”

Below is a list of Malaysian players chosen for the 2015 World Championships:

Men’s Singles: Lee Chong Wei, Zulfadli Zulkiffli.

Men’s Doubles: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong.

Women’s Singles: Tee Jing Yi, Lyddia Cheah.

Women’s Doubles: Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Yap Cheng Wen

Mixed Doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing, Wong Fai Xin-Chow Mei Kuan and Tan Chee Tean-Shevon Lai Jemie

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