As the Malaysian team prepares for another exciting All England Championships in Birmingham, all eyes will be on world No.2 Lee Chong Wei to reclaim the elusive title from defending champion, Chen Long.
The last time the two met at the Taihot China Open Superseries Premier last November where the Malaysian was simply superb to defeat the 2015 world champion in straight games. That is not all, he even defeated two times Olympic champion Lin Dan in the last four of the same tournament.
Chong Wei who is the All England champion in 2010, 2011 and 2014 will open his campaign against Indian junior player, Sai Praneeth in the first round tomorrow and awaiting him in the following round will either be Wang Zhengming of China or Hans-Kristian Vittinghs of Denmark.
The Malaysian is considered to have an easier path compared to one of his toughest opponents from China as Lin Dan and Chen Long are drawn in the same half where they are expected to meet in the semi-finals. Chong Wei on the other hand is in the bottom half of the draw and his main challenges in the semi-finals will be Kidambi Srikanth of India and Kento Momota of Japan.
The former world No.1 who has come a long way to reach the No. 2 status in the world is hoping to do well in this prestigious tournament in preparation for the upcoming tournaments especially the Malaysia Open Superseries Premier which will be held from 5-10th April in Malawati Stadium.
The other Malaysians who will be in action tomorrow are Chan Peng Soon/ Goh Liu Ying, Tee Jing Yi, Chong Wei Feng and mens’ doubles pair of Goh V Shem/ Tan Wee Kiong and independent shuttlers, Koo Kien Keat/ Tan Boon Heong.