Chong Wei: It has been a tough year

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Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei has admitted that 2015 has been a difficult year for him as it has been very turbulent with periods of highs and lows. 

After making his comeback from an eight-month doping ban in May, Chong Wei hit the ground running and won the US and Canada Opens before reaching the quarter-finals of the Chinese Taipei Open and final of the World Championships, where he was beaten by world number one Chen Long. 

But, after the World Championships in August, Chong Wei endured a rough patch, which saw him fall in the second round of the Japan Open, lose the first qualifying match of the Korea Open and be eliminated in the second round of the Denmark Open. 

However, Chong Wei ended his dismal run of form by winning the French Open last month, which also saw him break into the top 10 on the world rankings.

“Korea and Japan was the worst moment of my life. A lot of people criticized my performance,” he told Arena Metro. “Perhaps, I’ve been overthinking about my goals, after the doping case.”

The world number nine also believes that he put himself under immense pressure to qualify for the 2016 Olympics as he started off in 180th on the rankings when he made his comeback in May.

“I’m constantly thinking of climbing up the world rankings, so I can secure a Rio slot. Hence, it has been very challenging for me,” he added.