KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Lee Chong Wei is not easily fazed.
After a short break to gather his thoughts, Chong Wei’s back and all fired up to erase his recent poor performances at the Japan and South Korea Opens.
“It was one of the worst results in my career,” confessed Chong Wei on Wednesday after inking a deal to play for Petaling Jaya Badminton Club at this year’s Kopiko Purple League (KPL), starting in November.
“It’s best that I forget all these and move on. I have received many comments about my defeats.
“I am not playing for others. I am playing for myself and my country. Winning and losing is normal ... I will focus on my own game,” he added.
For now, he will focus on the European swing starting at the Denmark Open from Oct 13-18.
And he will be boosted by the presence of coach Hendrawan as well as sparring partners, who were absent in the two Superseries in Japan and South Korea.
He lost to Lin Dan of China in the second round in Tokyo two weeks ago. A week later, he was beaten by South Korean world junior champion Heo Kwang-hee in the first qualifying round in Seoul.
Asked about his reported tiff with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost at the Japan Open, Chong Wei remained diplomatic.
“For now, all’s back in order. I report to Hendrawan.
“My goal is to reach the top 10 by the end of this year. After that I will be selective of the tournaments. Qualifying for next year’s Rio Olympics is my main goal.”
Chong Wei, who dropped one rung to 24th in the latest world rankings released on Wednesday, said his commitment to Petaling Jaya BC would not affect his preparations to qualify for the Olympics.
The league starts on Nov 4 and ends on Jan 10.
“I am pleased to participate in the league. My good friend Yogendran (Krishnan) is one of the owners of PJBC. I know him since our junior days at the BAM academy,” said Chong Wei.
“I will help the team but I will not be playing in all the matches. I hope my presence will inspire the youngsters in the team,” added Chong Wei, who will also compete in the French Open (Oct 20-25), China Open (Nov 10-15), Hong Kong Open (Nov 24-29) and Macau Open (Nov 24-29) this year.
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