THE Denmark Open will be an important Super Series event for Lee Chong Wei and men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong who will be targeting victory in Odense on Oct 21-26 for different reasons.
Chong Wei, the top seed, has not won a title since becoming the World No 1 in August, and will be determined to silence his critics by taking the title. Chong Wei's last two attempts, at the Japan and Macau Opens over the last three weeks, was halted in the final by Indonesians Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Taufik Hidayat respectively.
However, this was because Chong Wei wasn't well prepared for the two tournaments as celebrations after securing the Beijing Olympics silver medal had taken its toll on the 25-year-old.
The next two weeks of training should improve his physical conditioning as the Denmark Open will be a tougher field despite the absence of China's Olympic champion Lin Dan.
Chong Wei opens his campaign against compatriot Sairul Amar Ayub, and a win will see him up against another Malaysian, Hafiz Hashim before setting up a possible quarter-final clash against Simon Santoso of Indonesia.
China's third seed Bao Chunlai will provide Chong Wei with the toughest challenge as they are drawn to meet in the last four, and another win could see him meet another player from China, second seed Chen Jin.
Meanwhile, Kien Keat-Boon Heong are on the comeback trail and winning the Denmark Open will put them back solidly among the men's doubles elite again.