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Chong Wei ready to scale 'great wall' of Chinese shuttlers in bid for elusive world crown

Chong Wei prepares to hit a return against Japan's Kenta Nishimoto during their men's singles Sudirman Cup badminton match at the Gold Coast Sports Centre on May 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO /
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Lee Chong Wei is unfazed by the challenge of a "great wall" of top Chinese shuttlers as he makes his latest bid to secure the World Championships, a title he has never won before.
The World No.2 faces a tough draw for the tournament in Glasgow, Scotland from Aug 21-27, as he has been drawn in the same half as two of four Chinese shuttlers – reigning world and Olympic champion Chen Long and Tian Houwei – whom he may face in the third round and quarter-finals.
Lin Dan, the two-time Olympic gold medallist and five times world champion as well as world no.4 Shi Yuqi are in the other half of the draw.
"In the World Championships, there's no such thing as a favourable draw because you there are four Chinese players in the competition. You will somehow face them at some point," said Chong Wei at the Malaysia badminton academy in Bukit Kiara on Thursday. 
Chong Wei, the three-time Olympic silver medallist could face Denmark's Viktor Axelsen, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, if he reaches the last four.

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