2016 celcom axiata Malaysia Open - logo W650xH230# ‘Olympic year makes winning titles more difficult’ – Chong Wei


Malaysia’s hottest badminton property Datuk Lee Chong Wei knows well that his surprising defeats in the All England and then the India Open has sent shock waves in the Malaysian badminton.

Many have questioned his ability to sustain the pressure of getting into the top bracket for a good seeding in the Rio Olympics in August. 

No one expected the Penangite to crash out in the first round in the prestigious All-England and neither was he expected to go out in the second round in the recent India Open SuperSeries.

“No worries,” said Chong Wei. “It was self-inflicted as I was too eager to reach the final or the semi-final at least. This put pressure on me and I flopped in the All England and the India Open.

“I don’t want the same to happen to me in the Malaysia Open. My preparations have been second to none and I am determined not to disappoint the home fans,  this is our tournament played on home soil.

“This itself is enough motivation for me,” added Chong Wei, who plays South Korean Son Wan-ho in a second round match on Wednesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

In the first round Chong Wei demolished Japan’s Takuma Ueda 21-11, 21-8. 

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