Lee Chong Wei is ready to embrace the pressure of a match up with world number one Chen Long and claim his ninth World Championship title.
The Malaysian legend is just one win away from a remarkable comeback after an eight-month ban for a doping violation. Standing in his way is China ace Chen Long, a man who holds a 11-9 head-to-head advantage over Chong Wei.
The pair faced off in last year's World Championship final, with Chen Long emerging victorious 21-19, 21-19. Heading into Sunday's final in Jakarta, Chong Wei is determined to go one better this year.
“Against Chen Long last year, I gave in to pressure. I had easy matches leading to the final and I lost my momentum. This time, I have been tested in some early matches," he explained.
“I would be lying if I say that there will not be any pressure. But I have come here prepared to handle the pressure and Chen Long.”
The 33-year-old admits that he may not have too many more opportunities to win the World Championship.
“It is great to enter the final after the eight-month ban. And this could be my last chance," he said.
“I don’t know whether I can make the next one (2017) or I will be in good condition. So this is probably my last chance to win it.”