WINNING the Singapore Open seems to mean nothing and he remains non-committal on his Olympic target. Top national shuttler Lee Chong Wei has come a long way to become the World No 2 and is the best bet to clinch the country’s first gold medal in the Beijing Olympics come August.
Yet, he was not overly enthusiastic when asked about his one-sided win over Indonesia’s Simon Santoso in the Singapore Open last weekend.
“It was nothing to shout about. I went there to get a taste of the ‘competitive feeling’ and that’s about it,” said Chong Wei, who turns 26 in October.
“I don’t feel anything (about winning the title despite being the first Malaysian to do so).” Chong Wei, with long time girlfriend Wong Mew Choo and veteran Wong Choong Hann have decided to skip the Indonesian and Thai Opens.
“I just want to enjoy training and hope for the best during the Olympics.
“I really hope there will not be any untoward incidents especially injuries.” When asked if he was pressured by expectations of the BA of Malaysia and National Sports Council to clinch the gold, Chong Wei remained tight- lipped.
“There’s nothing to comment. I just want to do my best.” The Penangite has come a long way since his early days playing for the Bukit Jalil Sports School.
He was smashed out in the last 16 of the 2004 Olympics by China’s Chen Hong but has won four Malaysia Opens since and even thrashed World No 1 Lin Dan 21-12, 21-14 in the recent Thomas Cup.
Chong Wei is being realistic and doesn’t want expectations to weigh him down as the world’s top players are from China.
Chong Wei knows his capabilities and only time will tell if he can deliver Malaysia’s first Olympic gold medal.