TOKYO - Badminton's world number one, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, said on Tuesday he has been selective about his competition schedule despite worries at home that he has been playing too much.
"Indeed, I have been playing in so many tournaments," the 30-year-old said in Tokyo on the eve of the $200,000 Japan Open, the eighth leg in the 12-round World Superseries.
"But I have adjusted the number of tournaments I play," he said through an interpreter, noting that he skipped the last Superseries event, the $250,000 China Masters in Changzhou last week.
"As I have said every year, the Japan Open is the most important tournament for me as it is an event of my biggest sponsor," he said, referring to a Japanese sportswear and gear maker.
Lee, who has already won the Opens in South Korea, Malaysia,India and Indonesia, is going for a record fourth Japan Open men's singles title.