Tuesday, 14 November 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM
Chong Wei in danger of missing Superseries Finals
PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei (pic) can forget about the World Superseries Finals in Dubai from Dec 14-18 if he does not buck up at the China Open, which begins in Fuzhou tomorrow.
He has dropped two rungs to No. 8 in the Superseries ranking after his early exits in the Denmark Open and French Open last month.
Only the top eight shuttlers after the completion of all 12 legs of the Superseries Tour will get to compete in the US$1mil (RM4.1mil) Finals.
The final leg of the Tour is at the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon next week.
The 35-year-old Chong Wei will open his campaign against Taiwan’s Hse Jen-hao tomorrow but it won’t be easy for the three-time Olympic silver medallist.
Chong Wei has lost to the 26-year-old Jen-hao once in five meetings – at the French Open last year.
If Chong Wei fails to make the cut for the Finals, all hopes will then be on mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing to be the sole flag bearers for Malaysia in Dubai.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing are at No. 7 in the Superseries standings. They just need to reach at least the second round of the China Open to maintain their position in the top eight.
They face Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong in the first round tomorrow.