Lee Chong Wei has downed three seeds on his way to the semi-finals of the World Championships, and he has no intention of letting up.
The former world number one, who spent 298 weeks at the top of the world rankings, is unseeded for the event as he continues to repair his ranking after serving an eight-month suspension for a doping violation.
Chong Wei has lost just once since making a return to action, having remained unbeaten at the Sudirman Cup before claiming back-to-back titles at the US Open and Canadian Open. A defeat to Chen Long at the Chinese Taipei Open followed before the Malaysian legend took a breather before the World Championships.
The 33-year-old has impressed thus far in Jakarta, beating 12th seed Marc Zwiebler, the eight-seeded Wang Zhengming and 13th seed Hu Yun on his way to the semi-finals.
Speaking after Friday's victory over Hu Yun, Chong Wei expressed his delight with his 21-12 21-18 victory.
"I played my best match today. It is a good sign as I will be up against a tough opponent in the semi-finals. I will treat it like a final," he told reporters.
"Hu Yun was a different player today…he was more aggressive but I was prepared for him. I controlled the front of my court and also focused on every point."
He added: “Today, I played with more consistency. Hu Yun was so fired up to beat me that even the way he walked and behaved on court was so different. I have never seen him shouting so much.”
Chong Wei was denied the chance to renew his rivalry with long-time foe Lin Dan, with the five-time world champion knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen. Chong Wei insists that he does not mind who he meets in the semi-finals, as he is simply focused on getting the job done.
“Many wanted me to play against Lin Dan but to me, it did not matter who I play," said Chong Wei.
“I need to be physically and mentally strong to face my opponents."
He added: "There is two more steps for me to win the world title. The pressure will always be there. I am prepared."