Lee Chong Wei believes he is ready to break into the top 10 as he prepares to take part in his first Superseries tournament of the year, the Japan Open.
Chong Wei will play Scotland’s Alistair Casey in the first round of the qualifying tournament in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The Japan Open is the seventh stop of the 12-leg Superseries Tour, but the first Chong Wei will be taking part in after serving an eight-month suspension for a doping violation at the World Championships.
The Malaysian saw his ranking plummet from No. 1 to No. 180 during that time, but he has managed to raise it back up to 28th after competing in five international tournaments.
“I have put the disappointment of the World Championships behind me,” said Chong Wei.
“It was not easy to come back after eight months. It was mentally draining and I felt a heavy burden on my shoulder. Despite that, I made it to the final again … so, that’s good.
“I will now focus on qualifying for my last Olympics in Rio next year. I hope to get back into the top 10 by doing well in the next six Superseries.
“And who knows, if I am consistent in this second half of the Tour, I may even sneak into the World Superseries Finals (in Dubai from Dec 9-13),” he added.
After his appearance in Tokyo, Chong Wei will also take part at the Korean Open, Denmark Open, French Open, China Open and Hong Kong Open.