Hendrawan: Let’s not get carried away

Malaysia national coach Hendrawan has refused to get too excited after Lee Chong Wei triumphed at the French Open on Sunday. 

Chong Wei defeated sixth seed Chou Tien Chen 21-13, 21-18 in the final, ending a poor run of form that saw him knocked out early in recent events in Japan, Korea, and Denmark.

While Chong Wei seems to have regained his touch following his victory in Paris, Hendrawan has said that the 33-year-old should not get too far ahead of himself as he needs to deliver such performances on a regular basis.

"It’s good to see Chong Wei back as the Superseries champion again. It’s a good sign," Hendrawan told The Star. "But let’s not over-play the win. He won the French Open, but prior to that he lost in the early stages of the Korea Open, Japan Open and Denmark Open.

"It’s the same when he loses. No one should jump the gun when he loses. It’s all part of the process in the build-up to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games."

Hendrawan is now hoping that Chong Wei can carry his good form into the next two Superseries events, which will be held in China and Hong Kong.

"What’s important is that the hard work continues," Hendrawan said. "We’ll switch our immediate focus to the next assignments – the China Open and the Hong Kong Open."

The China Open gets underway on November 20, with the Hong Kong Open taking place the following week.