BUKIT JALIL: It's only January but it’s no secret that China are already warming up for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi in May.
China have an abundance of talented singles shuttlers – Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu to name a few.
Despite dominating the world’s premier team event since 2004, China’s men’s doubles has always been perceived as a weak link.
But if anything, China, under the stewardship of renowned head coach Li Yongbo, have already put ahead plans to strengthen their choices in the doubles.
Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng has already started partnering the younger Hong Wei, with the pair reaching the final of the Korean Open last week, before losing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.
BUKIT JALIL: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei admitted that he has yet to peak after struggling to overcome China’s Wang Zhengming in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The 31-year-old Chong Wei was given a proper workout by the former world junior champion before prevailing 21-17, 21-18 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jali on Thursday.
“I didn’t play my best today against Zhengming,” said Chong Wei.
“It’s tough taking on these China players because there are so many of them and there’s only one of me.
“But what’s important is that I win the match and continue to focus on my next match.
BUKIT JALIL: When all others fell on the wayside, the ever-dependable world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stayed rock steady to reach the men’s singles second round at the Maybank Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
On Wednesday, top seed Chong Wei hardly raised a sweat when he disposed of Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-7, 21-13 in just 35 minutes.
Lee Chong Wei is the last Malaysian man standing in the Maybank Malaysian Open men's singles, after both Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren bowed out in the first round.
He will take on former world junior champion Wang Zhengming of China in the second round on Thursday.
Chong Wei is once again the sole survivor in the men’s singles after both Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng were sent spinning out of the tournament.