Chong Wei Feng wants to put his loss to Ken Momota of Japan in the final of the Thomas Cup behind him as he starts his Japan Open campaign on Tuesday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren, who both lost their matches in Malaysia’s loss to Japan in the Thomas Cup final last month, will be out to prove a point when they compete in the Japan Open, which starts in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Wei Feng was soundly beaten by Japan’s rising star Kento Momota while Daren went down in three games to Takuma Ueda as Malaysia lost 3-2 in Nerw Delhi.
Despite the loss, the 27-year-old Wei Feng insists his confidence is not shaken.
“It was tough losing in the Thomas Cup final,” said Wei Feng, who had won all his five matches before the loss to Momota.
“I didn’t play my best then but I learned an important lesson. It was the first time I had to deal with that kind of pressure and I hope I’ll do better the next time.
“I’m definitely looking to prove myself in the Japan Open. It is not just this tournament but a few more tournaments that I intend to deliver good results.
“Confidence wise, I’m not too shaken up because it’s been a while since I had such a good run. I just need to keep that up,” added Wei Feng.
The Kedahan has a tough first-round match as he is drawn to meet sixth seed Son Wan-ho of South Korea.
As for Daren, he will compete in the qualifying tournament. He is just eager to prove that he is made of sterner stuff.
“I definitely think I’m strong enough to bounce back from a defeat like that. I think I fought hard in the third game with Ueda and that gives me confidence to move forward,” said Daren.
He will meet France’s Thomas Rouxel in the first qualifying round with the winner likely to face five-time world champion Lin Dan for a place in the main draw.
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is also competing in Japan and will meet a qualifier in the first round.