On paper, this could not get any better for the world No. 1.
Yesterday, Chong Wei, who is recovering from a thigh injury, remained cautious of his chances.
“Pressure is nothing new to me. I have always carried the burden of the nation on my shoulders for many years,” said Chong Wei, who was runners-up to Lin Dan in London (2011) and Guangzhou (2013).
“I have faced all kind of pressure. It is no different this time.
“It does not matter who is competing or who is not, what is important is for me to stay true in my mission. And that is to realise my childhood dream of winning the world title.
“I have put the injury behind although I have not recovered 100%. I feel good and that is important.”
Today, Chong Wei will start off with a tricky encounter against South Korea’s Lee Dong-keun.
“I have not played against this youngster for some time. I need to be wary of him and hope to get off to a good start,” added Chong Wei, who defeated Dong-keun in the first round of the Denmark Open last year.