National singles player Chong Wei Feng is grateful to world No. 1 and team-mate Lee Chong Wei for encouraging him after losing at the Commonwealth Games recently. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Chong Wei Feng was crestfallen after the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
But thanks to friendly advice and motivation from “big brother” and world No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei, Wei Feng is now back to his smiling self again and ready for the World Championships in Copenhagen from Aug 25-31.
“Chong Wei knew I was down and out after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (two weeks ago). He spoke to me and gave me words of encouragement,” said the 27-year-old Wei Feng.
“I’m very thankful to him for the support. He pointed out that I need to add more fire in my game. I’ll do that at the World Championships.
“He also told me that losing is one thing but to come out of the defeat as a stronger person is more important,” added Wei Feng.
At the Commonwealths, Wei Feng lost to R.M.V Gurusaidutt of India in the quarter-finals.
Chong Wei did not compete in the Games and Malaysia were banking on Wei Feng to deliver the gold. He was seeded first but failed to carry on Malaysia’s tradition of winning every singles title since the 1990 Auckland Games.
For the World Championships, Wei Feng is seeded 16th. And he is aiming to make at least the third round.
He is in the same quarter with second seed Chen Long of China, England’s Rajiv Ouseph and India’s K. Srikanth. He will play Ouseph in the opening round. If he wins, he will take on Srikanth with the winner going on to meet Chen Long.
“I struggled against Rajiv at the Commonwealth Games and I need to be at my best against him this time.
“I beat him in the first round at last year’s World Championships and I do not want to lose to him for the first time,” added Wei Feng, who lost to eventual champion Lin Dan in the third round of his debut world meet in Guanghzou last year.
Wei Feng and the rest of the World Championships-bound shuttlers will leave for Copenhagen today.