Chong Wei’s quiet birthday as he focuses on Denmark Open

chong-weiPETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei turns 35 on Oct 21 but there will be no partying as Malaysia’s best badminton player of the past few decades is focused on the Denmark Open, which starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday.

Still showing no signs of retiring from the game, Lee admits however, he is not setting any lofty targets for the tournaments he competes in these days.

“The Denmark Open is the second last Super Series tournament of the year and I feel it is important that I just enjoy myself and take things one match at a time.

“Of course, everyone wants to win and it is the same with me. However, for me to stay competitive at the highest level, it is important that I think about the bigger picture,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

“I need to take care of myself and avoid picking up any injuries.”

Lee, who is now ranked number seven in the world, added that the Denmark Open, which he won in 2005 and 2012, as well as the French Open next week, are both important as he looks to secure his berth at the Super Series Finals in Dubai in December.

He is hoping for some more good performances after having overcome a shock first round exit at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August, to emerge runners-up in the Japan Open last month.

“After what happened at the World Championships, I managed to reach the Japan Open final and have regained some of my confidence,” he told NST.

Chong Wei was reported to have said recently that he thought about quitting the game after the defeat in Glasgow.

“There are no more major competitions left this season, so my main focus for now is to qualify for the Super Series Finals. I will do my best at the Denmark and French Opens,” Lee said.