More burden on Chong Wei’s shoulder as he will be the top seed for the event. Chong Wei is most likely to meet nemesis Lin Dan in the semi finals. We can’t discard his earlier round opponents as dark horse Nguyen Tien Minh will be at his path. Nguyen will not be a pushover as he just recently won the Thailand Open 2009.
Basically two things that Chong Wei has done right so far for preparing for the world event is that :-
1] Having own cook
As we know, Chong Wei was down with Diarrhoea the last time he was in Hyderabad. I wouldn’t want to comment anything about the food in India as i love Indian food myself! ^^ Maybe it was just Chong Wei not getting used to the food there. By having a own cook for the Malaysian camp is something positive towards the preparation of the championship
2] Running away to Korea for training
Chong Wei is a superstar in Malaysia. No doubt about that. There is many interference and disturbance whenever he is around in Malaysia due to his status. People will be disturbing and bugging him all the time. This will surely disrupt his preparation. So by going to Korea, no people will disturb him lah!
Not only that, with Li Mao guidance and more sparring partner in Korea, this will make Chong Wei better prepared. Sad to say, there isn’t any good sparring partner for Chong Wei in the whole of Malaysia! How sad…
I think Chong Wei is better prepared this time. Physically he should be 100% but his mental aspect when reaches to big tournaments is still a suspect. Chong Wei will win in Hyderabad if and only if Lin Dan is out early or he beats Lin Dan in the semi finals. Of course i am hoping for Lin Dan loosing early but what are the chances of Lin Dan going out early?
We in Malaysia especially will be keeping our fingers crossed for him as we think he deserve something as a badminton player. I am going for Chong Wei for this year’s championship!
Sorry i won’t be mentioning anything about our men doubles pairing as their inconsistent form is a suspect. Kien Keat and Boon Heong might be second seed but i think their hot and cold performances will cost them dearly again this time unless they proof us all wrong like how they did in their early days.
So what say you on Chong Wei chances?