Chong Wei eyes 12th Malaysian Open title



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Dato Lee Chong Wei - gunning for his 12th Malaysia Open title - put in a solid one hour training at the Stadium Perpaduan courts in Petrajaya, Kuching this morning (Tuesday) with his two coaches Hendrawan and Tey Seu Bok.

The Malaysian ace, who is the top seed and world number No 1, faces England's Rajiv Ouseph in the first round on Wednesday and the home fans have been making a beeline to the watch him even in training.

Chong Wei who won his fourth All-England title in Birmingham last month, skipped last week's Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series in New Delhi to prepare himself well for his home tournament.

The ace shuttler did not disappoint his fans and willingly posed for selfies and photos with them - knowing that it is not often he is in Kuching to compete in a major tournament in the East Malaysian state.

Badminton fans also remember Chong Wei for his epic battle with his nemesis Lin Dan in the 2006 final which he won. 

"I am not thinking of the final yet. It will be one match at a time for me. I skipped the Indian Open to give myself enough rest and prepare for the Malaysian Open. As everyone knows that I have not fully recovered from my left knee injury and I have to be very cautious in my matches," said Chong Wei.

"I have won the Malaysian Open 11 times and it is a record which will be difficult for others to achieve. It must also be remembered that it is not easy to win every tournament every year.

"I am aware that every opponent will try to beat me. I am not too concerned with that and I have nothing to lose as I go for my 12th title."

In the same breath Chong Wei called on the fans to come and cheer him.