Chong Wei hoping for strong run

Lee Chong Wei has said that he is aiming to boost his chances of qualifying for the Olympics when he turns out at the China Open and the Hong Kong Open. 

Fresh off winning the French Open, Chong Wei will also be looking to put up a strong performance in the two upcoming events as he looks to claim enough points to secure a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

"I have 10 days to prepare for China and Hong Kong, so I need to prepare well because what is important right now is to build my confidence for the Olympics," he told Utusan Malaysia.

Prior to his victory at the French Open, Chong Wei endured a dismal run of form that saw him make early exits at tournaments in Japan, Korea and Denmark.

The 33-year-old believes that the testing period helped him learn an important lesson on how to deal with pressure and overcome it. 

"I have learned that if you lose you are going to get criticised but that is something that I have to accept," he added. "It’s not easy because throughout my six years as the World No. 1, I’ve been never been eliminated earlier than the semis.

"But now, after losing so early in the last three tournaments, I had to learn to play through the pressure."