Lee Chong Wei is seeing the positives of his surprise first round exit at the hands of Kenta Nishimoto in Malaysia – he will have more time to prepare his title defence at the YONEX All England.
The world number two had entered the Super 500 event on the new HSBC BWF World Tour with hopes of refinding his ‘competitive edge’.
But any chance of lifting another crown in his homeland were quickly dashed in a day that also saw the exit of a host of big names including Lin Dan, Son Wan Ho and Chen Long.
But the four time YONEX All England champion, who admitted to not being in the ‘best condition’ having been on family holiday since the end of season finals in Dubai, did not appear overly fazed by the result in the aftermath.
Speaking to the New Straits Times, Chong Wei said that it gave him extra time to prepare for the YONEX All England and he promised to be back to delight home fans at the Malaysia Open in June.
“It's not really a big issue for me because this tournament was never on my priority list.
"In fact, following the World Superseries Finals (Dubai) last year, I was hoping to take a break to prepare for the All England (in March).
"It's okay, I will try again at the Malaysia Open (in June)," said Chong Wei.