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06-09-2009, 11:08 AM #1
Malaysia’s world No 1 shuttler says he’s not in top shape to defend his crown
Taken from Today's paper, Sports Section, June 9, 2009, Page 30
By Tan Yo-Hinn
HE IS the current world No 1, with two wins so far on the prestigious Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series tour.
But Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei did not appear to exude the confidence of
the world’s top-ranked player yesterday, ahead of the US$200,000 ($291,860) Aviva Open Singapore 2009.
The defending champion will take on unseeded Englishman Andrew Smith in the first round tomorrow at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, but he says he is not in peak form.
“I didn’t prepare very well for this tournament,” said Lee, at the pre-tournament press conference at Swissotel the Stamford yesterday.
Aviva Open Singapore 2009
“I was training the last two weeks after the Sudirman Cup and decided to come to this tournament to target some world ranking points, and to prepare for the World Championship.
“It’s too short for me to prepare for the Singapore Open. It’s very difficult for me to do very well.”
Lee, usually one of the more affable players on the circuit, left the press conference hurriedly minutes later. A call to his hotel room later was also fruitless.
“Could you call back later, a lot later. He’s gone out,” said the person who answered the call, claiming to be a team-mate rooming with him.
The Penang-born Lee, conferred the title of “Datuk” by Malaysia after winning a silver at last August’s Beijing Olympics, is the top draw for the Singapore tournament, where 246 shuttlers from 28 countries will compete across five events — the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, and the mixed doubles.
It is the fifth-leg of the 12-stop BWF Super Series 2009 with ranking points on offer.
Lee, who beat Indonesia’s Simon Santoso 21-13, 21-5 in last year’s final, has already won the Swiss and Malaysian Opens this year, and was second at the Korean Open and All-England Championships. At last month’s Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou, the 26-year-old was powerless as Malaysia were swept 3-0 by eventual champions China in the semi-finals.
Despite the absence of world No 3 Lin Dan from China and Indonesian hero Taufik Hidayat — the world No 5 — Lee played down his chances this week.
“The draw is very tough. The quarter-final could be against China’s (world No 16) Bao Chunlai and the semi-final against his countryman (world No 6) Chen Jing,” said Lee, who replaced Lin as the world No 1 last November.
“But as defending champion I will give it my best.”
Singapore’s best hopes rest on world No 26 Xing Aiying in the women’s singles and world No 14 women’s doubles pair Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei, quarter-finalists at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open in March.
“We’ve set a quarter-final target Aiying and the women’s pair,” said team manager and Singapore Badminton Association’s high performance
manager, Jim Hui.
“With many of the top names here, it will be good if they can reach the last eight.”
06-09-2009, 11:28 AM #2
06-09-2009, 07:39 PM #3
Even LCW is not in his top shape, he still has the best chance and also Lin Dan is absent..
06-09-2009, 07:52 PM #4
Just stay away from food poisoning and he will do just fine.
06-09-2009, 10:07 PM #5
Yes, he has been non stop playing since after Sudirman Cup....Pahang Open,....no time for quality training............
06-10-2009, 12:26 AM #6
LCW is just playing it safe. But i do agree that he was not in his best condition. Can see it during his training. Bit slow.. feeling fatigued.
06-10-2009, 12:41 AM #7
Let's just hope he can try his very best in this tournament though
06-10-2009, 08:13 PM #8
To day, at 8.00pm, LCW will meet Tien Minh - VIE. Thats first difficulty. If he win, in the next machs, he will vs Mr Bao at QF, ... thats big difficulty. Good luck, LCW!
06-10-2009, 08:26 PM #9
06-10-2009, 11:22 PM #10
pls dont blame LCW if he kena tapau-ed early in this tournament, since he's already said he's not in top shape.
06-11-2009, 12:03 AM #11
06-11-2009, 12:10 AM #12
06-11-2009, 12:20 AM #13
06-11-2009, 12:43 AM #14
...unless he is too obsessed in maintaining the #1 paper ranking by entering whatever competition he could in order to earn whatever points... that would be sad...
06-11-2009, 01:32 AM #15
06-11-2009, 01:53 AM #16
06-11-2009, 02:58 AM #17
Actually,.....LCW have to take part in most of the tournaments is because he needed the matches against world class players as part of his quality training as no good training partner in Mas's camp so its a win-win situation for him....
1. He can accumulate a lot of WR points, provided with his consistency...
2. He can have good quality sparring with world class opponents
3. The sponsor likes his high appearance rate in international tourny
4. Better earnings from prizes money, consistency is a must here...
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