Chen Long still far away from being No. 1


ODENSE: Asian Games bronze medallist Lee Chong Wei’s decision to skip the Denmark and French Opens is unlikely to affect his world No. 1 ranking, after all.

Despite reigning world champion Chen Long’s successful defence of his Danish title – beating South Korea’s Son Wan-ho 21-19, 24-22 on Sunday – it isn’t enough to overtake Chong Wei’s tally of points in the rankings.

The win gives world No. 2 Chen Long 87,421 points – to slightly slash Chong Wei’s margin at the top.

Chen Long will give the French Open, which begins today, a miss together with compatriot and five-time world champion Lin Dan.

Chen Long, who has now won his third Denmark Open title in four years, is unperturbed at still being the No. 2 player in the world.

“I believe the men’s singles event will still be fiercely competed all the way until the 2016 Olympics. It’s not going to be my show yet,” said Chen Long.

“Lee Chong Wei has been the world No. 1 since 2006 and to consistently make the final isn’t something easy.

“I believe that every match from now on will still be equally tough and there will be no clear-cut favourites. Whoever plays best on the day will be the victor in the end.”

In Chong Wei and Chen Long’s absence in Paris, Denmark’s world No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen has been top seeded.

Chong Wei Feng will be Malaysia’s only singles shuttler in Paris and he will take on a qualifier in the first round.

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