Hendrawan: Chong Wei fit for All England Open

National singles coach Hendrawan has confirmed that Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei will be fit to compete at the All England Open in Birmingham this week. 

Chong Wei’s preparations for the tournament have been curtailed due to a fever, but Hendrawan revealed that the world number two has recovered and will be ready for his first round match against India’s Parupalli Kashyap on Wednesday.

Chong Wei last played at the Malaysia Masters in January, which he won after defeating compatriot Iskandar Zainuddin 21-18, 21-11.

“Chong Wei has recovered before we left for England on Saturday. He is in good condition now,” Hendrawan told The Star. “He is in good spirits.”

Chong Wei could face world number seven Chou Tien-chen, who has been in excellent form as of late, in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Tien-chen had a strong showing at the German Open last week, where he beat world number four Jan O Jorgensen in the semi-finals before coming up short against world number five Lin Dan in the final after putting up a valiant fight.

However, Hendrawan made it clear that Chong Wei will only turn his attention to Tien-chen when the match-up is confirmed.

“As for Tien-chen, we’ll deal with the threat if both of them do meet in the quarter-finals,” Hendrawan said.

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