KUALA LUMPUR: It’s getting more challenging for seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann to train without a coach.
But it has not doused the fire in him from wanting to chalk up his biggest win of the year when he takes on China’s Bao Chunlai today in the second round of the Singapore Open.
Choong Hann advanced with a 21-18, 21-11 win over India’s Chetan Anand while Chunlai got an easy ride for a shot at a place in the quarter-finals when Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw retired after losing the first game 9-21.
The 31-year-old Choong Hann said that he was seeking for a timely boost ahead of the world championships, which will be played in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.
The former Malaysian No. 1, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable to seek new fortunes as an independent player after the Beijing Olympics last year, will be making a fifth appearance in the world championships.
“A win against Chunlai will be a great boost to my preparations for the world championships. It will be my biggest win this year,” said Choong Hann in a telephone interview from Singapore.