Four-time champion Lee Chong has told Malaysia’s The Star that the YONEX All England holds ‘a special place’ in his heart as he prepares a title defence of his 2017 singles crown in Birmingham.
The reigning YONEX All England champion has reached seven finals and 10 semi-finals in a long standing love affair with the 108-year-old Championships.
And he is eyeing a national record in 2018; becoming the first Malaysian singles player to win five titles in the history of the All England.
Speaking to The Star, the 35 year old said ““Many people have asked me why winning the All England remains a priority despite having already won it four times.
“It’s because the All England is the oldest tournament and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart.
“It’s grand to stage it and you can feel that it’s way different than any other badminton tournaments.
The Malaysian superstar opens his 2018 title charge against Brazilian debutant Ygor Coelho on Wednesday 15 March.
He could also face nemesis and six-time champion Lin Dan of China, third seed K. Srikanth of India and Denmark’s returning star, Jan O Jorgensen in his side of the draw.
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