Chong Wei handed tough draw

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei could face Chinese stars Chen Long and Lin Dan fairly early on in the Japan Open.

The tournament runs from September 8-13, which is expected to have most of the top players in the sport competing. 

Chong Wei, who is ranked 44 in the world due to an eight-month ban for doping, will have to qualify for the event even though he was the beaten finalist in the World Championships on Sunday.

He will have to face Scotland's Alistair Casey in the first round and if he wins, next faces India's B. Sai Praneeth in the second round to make the main draw.

Chong Wei is then set to be drawn to play against Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the first round of the tournament.

Should he reach the second round then Chong Wei is going to face world No. 5 Lin Dan and then world No. 1 Chen Long in the quarter-finals, should he get that far.