KUALA LUMPUR: National mens singles shuttler Wong Choong Hann is eager to set up a date with Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Proton National Grand Prix Finals, which begin on Thursday in Kuala Terengganu.
Since the end of his reign as the national number one in 2003, Choong Hann has never beaten Chong Wei in five meetings.
For a match with Chong Wei to materialise, the 30-year-old Choong Hann has two national players in his path Kuan Beng Hong and Mohd Hafiz Hashim.
He is drawn in Group C with Beng Hong, Liew Daren and Lim Fang Yang. Winning the group will give him a semi-final match against the winner of Group D, which has Hafiz, K. Yogendran, Lim Kenn and Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin.
Four-time national champion Chong Wei is in Group A with Chong Li Qun, Azrihanif Azahar and Kuan Kam Chung. Group B comprises Yeoh Kay Bin, James Chua, Chong Wei Feng and Teo Kok Siang.
Despite a tough draw, Choong Hann is determined to reach the final.
The path is certainly tougher for me. Beng Hong and Hafiz are not easy to beat. Hafiz did not qualify for last years GP Finals (in Sabah) and will want to win the national title for the first time, he said. Chong Wei has done well in local tournaments for so long. It wont be easy to end his domination.
I have been the national champion before but the desire to win it again is still there. I want to do well this year and a win will certainly do a world of good for me.
Choong Hann showed that he would be a threat to the others this year when he showed great fighting spirit in his second-round defeat by Chinas Chen Jin in the Malaysian Open last month.
In the mens doubles, Asian Games gold medallists and Malaysian Open champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are the favourites.