Chong Wei ready for tougher opponents

Coming off back-to-back wins at the US and Canada Open, Chong Wei has risen from 180 in the rankings to 65 as his bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro continues. 

The Taiwan Open is Chong Wei's last chance to get in some match practice prior to the World Championships, which take place in Jakarta from August 10 to 16, and he's eager to make the most of it.

"I didn't face any tough opponents in the US and Canada, but Taiwan will be a lot different," Chong Wei told The Star. "Playing some tough opponents is a good build-up to the world meet."

It's a boost in confidence rather than victories that will be the priority for Chong Wei.

"Winning or losing in Taiwan doesn’t really matter actually," he said. "What's important is that I go there and get my confidence back and play well against the top players."

Chong Wei will kick off his Taiwan Open campaign against South Korea's Kim Dong-hoon and could potentially face 10th seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the second round.