Chong Wei sets sights on SEA Games

Malaysia were beaten 3-1 by South Korea in the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup, but Chong Wei, who was the team captain, maintained a perfect record throughout the tournament. 

Chong Wei beat South Korea's Lee Dong Keun 21-12, 21-10 in the first round, Kidambi Srikanth of India 21-16, 21-15 in the second round and South Korea's Son Wan Ho 21-17, 21-12 in the quarter-finals. 

While Chong Wei, who was banned for eight months prior to the tournament due to a doping violation, was pleased with his performance during the Sudirman Cup, he believes that he is nowhere near his best. 

"I think my performances at the Sudirman Cup were pretty good," he told reporters. "Although I missed seven months of action, I’m still in quite a good shape.

"I'm not completely back at my best yet…I hope to improve with more serious training."

With Chong Wei set to represent Malaysia in the South East Asian Games in June and the World Championships in August, the world number 46 pointed out that he can now train with a specific target in mind. 

"Now that I’m going for the world meet, there’s a target for me to aim at during training," he said. "Previously, I just trained without any specific targets…that didn’t help me much.

"With the Sudirman Cup done, I will continue to train for the SEA Games…I'll be playing in the team event."

Chong Wei added that he will be featuring at the US Open and Canada Open in June in order to get some match practice under his belt prior to the World Championships in Jakarta. 

"I will head to the US Open and the Canada Open to get more matches under my belt," he said. "Once that’s done, I’ll have five weeks to prepare for the world meet. Hopefully by then, I’ll have my A game back."