Chong Wei raring for action


All systems go: World No 1 shrugs off injury concerns in quest to capture his third crown at the All England

DESPITE injury concerns, Lee Chong Wei is fit and ready for the All England which starts on Tuesday as the World No 1 seeks a third men's singles crown in Birmingham.

The 31-year-old had earlier contemplated withdrawing from the tournament, which he won in 2010 and 2011, after picking up an ankle strain during training.

Team manager Dr Koay Ban Hing said Chong Wei is feeling comfortable for the All England challenge.

"As far as I am concerned, Chong Wei is fit for the tournament. If the injury bothers him during matches, he should decide the next course of action," said Ban Hing at Juara Stadium yesterday.

"Chong Wei is confident and wants to achieve his goals. He has achieved a lot in the game because of his attitude and character and I believe he will push for victory."

In what could be his final appearance in the All England, Chong Wei is expected to meet China's World No. 2 Chen Long in the final.

The shuttler will open against Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk before a likely meeting against either compatriot Chong Wei Feng or German Marc Zwiebler.

In the quarter-finals, he is expected to overpower seventh seed Du Pengyu of China before taking on either Denmark's Jan Jorgensen or Japan's Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals.

"Chong Wei will push hard in every match and do his best to get into the final. He is so successful today because of hard work and I believe he will make his presence felt in the All England," said Ban Hing.

Chong Wei has downplayed all the hype surrounding the All England as he regards it as part of the super series circuit and he has already won it twice.

The Penang-born, who has won six of his last 10 tournaments, wants to focus on becoming the first Malaysian champion in the World Championships in Copenhagen and win his first Asian Games gold medal in Incheon along with defending his Commonwealth Games title in Glasgow.

Chong Wei, who left for Birmingham yesterday, started the season by losing to Chen Long in the Korea Open final before overcoming Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto for his 10th Malaysian Open title.

While Chong Wei is Malaysia's best bet for the singles title in Birmingham, the BA of Malaysia also hopes its pairs will make an impact in men's doubles.

"Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong have progressed accordingly and I foresee them making a huge impact in the tournament.

"V Shem-Khim Wah are growing in confidence following their win in the Malaysian Open while Thien How-Wee Kiong are doing great in the ongoing German Open.



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