Thursday, August 14, 2014

Boosted by magic of Hendrawan

LEE Chong Wei will have the touch of a former world champion in Hendrawan when the 32-year-old heads to Copenhagen for the World Championships.

Hendrawan, the national back-up coach, has been assigned to assist singles coach Tey Seu Bock to help Chong Wei achieve his dream of becoming the first Malaysian world champion.
“It is not easy to win the world title. I made so many sacrifices before I become the world champion in 2001,” said Hendrawan yesterday at Juara Stadium.

“I have reminded Chong Wei that the men’s singles competition in the world meet is unpredictable as some players tend to be extra motivated to upset the form book.
“In 2001, I prepared comprehensively for each round and did not take my opponents lightly regardless of their world rankings.”

The 42-year-old also cautioned that Lin Dan’s absence will not make it any easier for Chong Wei in Copenhagen.

“Fans may say it is the best year for Chong Wei without Lin Dan in the draw. But there are also other quality players who are preparing just as hard, to make an impression.

“Chong Wei must be focused for each match and most importantly, mentally prepared. His condition is getting better after the injury and he should be ready.

“He fears the injury will bother him in Copenhagen, but he may forget about it once the tournament starts as there are other important things to think about,” said the former Asian Games gold medallist.
Hendrawan said Chong Wei is handling the pressure well after being established as the firm favourite in the world meet.

“Chong Wei also wants to win it as he may never get this opportunity again. He has a good draw and should go far.

“The shuttler is actually worried as age is catching up. He may not be able to match younger players in the near future,” said the 2000 Sydney Olympics silver medallist.

Hendrawan will be in charge of analysing Chong Wei’s game and also his opponents’ during the world meet while Seu Bock will conduct the sparring sessions.

It will be Chong Wei’s ninth outing in the World Championships after making his debut in 2003. He was silver medallist in 2011 and 2013, losing to Lin Dan.  

By Ajitpal Singh - NST

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