Chong Wei boosted by victories

The former world number one plummeted down the world rankings after serving an eight-month ban for failing a drugs test, and currently sits 99th in the rankings. However, having followed up his victory at the US Open with the Canada Open title on Sunday, the Malaysian shuttled is expected to rise back into the top 60.

Every ranking point is important for Chong Wei has he looks to qualify for future Superseries events and then the 2016 Olympics.

“I won US$3,750 (RM14,128) for the title today. It’s not enough to cover for the flight, but it’s not about money. It’s the fantastic feeling of being a champion again,” he told The Star.

“Before the ban, I was the world No. 1 for many years. It didn’t matter even when I lost.

“In US and Canada, I had to win no matter what to improve my world ranking and that was mentally challenging,” he added.

The 32-year-old admitted that his North American excursions had not been easy, but that they were worthwhile.

“It was my first trip to the Opens in US and Canada. I even struggled to adjust to the different time zones. I played a total of 12 matches in the last two weeks," he explained.

“It’s worth it. I am glad that I pulled through after staying at home for many months without any tournaments."

Next on the agenda for Chong Wei is the Taiwan Open which gets underway on July 14, with a strong field expected at the event. However, the two-time Olympic silver medalist also has other pressing matters to attend to.

“I will play in the Taiwan Open although my wife (Wong Mew Choo) is expected to give birth to our second child during that time. She has given me her blessing to go,” he said.

Chong Wei added: “I need to play in Taiwan to get valuable world ranking points. It will help me to qualify for my first two Superseries tournaments this year (in Japan and South Korea in September)."

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