Chi Wing giving all he’s got for a hattrick

KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Lim Chi Wing (pic) is all fired up for a three-peat bid in the National Bad­min­ton Cham­pionships starting tomorrow at the Juara Sta­dium.

The 22-year-old hopes to be the first player after seasoned campaigner Lee Chong Wei to capture three wins in a row.

Chong Wei has dominated the scene by winning it 10 times from 2002-2011.

“There’s a chance for me to complete the hattrick and I’m going to give my all to defend my title,” said Chi Wing.

“I’m quite confident but I’m also aware that players like (Lee) Zii Jia, Iskandar (Zulkar­nain), Soong (Joo Ven), (Liew) Daren and (Chong) Wei Feng want to win as much as me. They are my biggest opponents.”

Chi Wing, however, was quick to stress that winning his third national crown will count for nothing until he secured a breakthrough on the international stage.

“It would be great if I can manage to become the national champion again. But, I want a breakthrough on the international stage more than anything else,” said Chi Wing.

Chi Wing is hoping to use the national meet to turn things around for him after kicking off the new season on the back foot.

He suffered an embarrassing first qualifying round exit, losing to unheralded Frenchman Thomas Rouxel at the Malay­sian Masters last month.

“I think I’m just lacking in confidence. I give my 100% at training every day but it’s different when it comes to the tournaments. I’m capable of getting good results on the international stage, I just need to be more confident,” said the world No. 90.

“It’s just a matter of rediscovering my form,” added Chi Wing, who has won the Vietnam International Series and Bangladesh International Challenge titles so far.

Last year, Chi Wing competed in 14 international tournaments but only reached four quarter-finals – in the Malaysia International Series, Belgian International, Czech Open and Indonesia International Chal­lenge. He was an early-round casualty in the other 10 tournaments.