China win proves Chong Wei still has it

Lee Chong Wei has gone a long way in proving that he can still compete with the best players in the world after winning the China Open last week.

The Malaysian former world number one won the only Super Series title missing from his collection when he beat world number one Chen Long on Sunday to move up to ninth on the latest world rankings.

To make last week's triumph even sweeter, Chong Wei beat his long-time rival Lin Dan in the semi-finals, having lost several high-profile matches to the Chinese shuttler over the years.

"Chong Wei also proved he could beat China's two best players, namely Lin Dan and Chen Long in style," Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said on Monday.

Mohamad Norza added that everything now has to be done to ensure Chong Wei enters next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ranked inside the world's top four, which would ensure a better draw.

"It is crucial for Chong Wei to be in the top four in the world to facilitate seeding in the balloting in the Olympic Games later," he added.

"To me, it is not easy to get an Olympic gold medal because after the defeat of Lin Dan and Chen Long, China will think of new strategies to boost the performances of their players," he added.

The 33-year-old will take part in this week's Hong Kong Open Super Series Championship as well as the Macau Grand Prix Gold Championship, which starts on November 24.

Chong Wei returned to the court in June this year with his ranking at its lowest point in more than a decade, after he was suspended for eight months by the Badminton World Federation for failing a drugs test.