Hendrawan: Learn from Chong Wei

Chong Wei recently returned to action after spending eight months on the sidelines after testing positive for a banned substance last August. The Malaysian shuttler has made up for lost time by winning back-to-back titles this month as he continues to rise back up the world rankings.

Having won the US Open in Brentwood, Chong Wei travelled to Calgary to compete in the Canada Open where he did not drop a set on his way to victory.

Hendrawan, who has been coaching Chong Wei since March, feels that the 32-year-old should be applauded for how he has stuck to his task despite the hurdles that he has encountered.

“Chong Wei had his own set of problems. He was banned and that was one of the low points in his badminton career. He didn’t give up, though,” Hendrawan told The Star.

“He took his responsibility as a player seriously and trained hard. He never gave up and that’s the character of a champion.

“Our younger players tend to give up easily. I hope they will learn from Chong Wei and emulate him."

Next on the agenda for Chong Wei is the Taiwan Open, but he already has one eye on the 2015 World Championships which will be taking place in Indonesia in August.

“Sending Chong Wei to these tournaments has worked in his favour. His world ranking has improved and his confidence is sky high," he said.

“Winning these titles have put him in the right frame of mind as he prepares for the World Championships. Chong Wei has put his recent setback behind him.”