Malaysia legend Lee Chong Wei says he will be working with his coaches to come up a new strategy in order to strengthen his chances of winning a maiden title at BWF World Championships, starting 21 August in Glasgow.
The world number one began the new season with a remarkable run at the All England Championships, in which he finished at the top step of the podium despite not fully recovering in time from a knee injury he suffered earlier this year. The 34-year-old also reached the final of Malaysia Superseries Premier, but suffered a heartbreaking loss to two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan in the title match.
At last month's Badminton Asia Championships, Lee was ousted in the semi-final after straight games defeat to Lin, making it two straight losses against the Chinese superstar, who had also got the better of him in the final of 2011 and 2013 world meet.
"I realise that my performance in the two finals against Lin Dan was not the best. I have discussed with the coach on a new strategy after we evaluated the two matches," Lee said, as quoted by The Straits Times.
While revealing that he was surprised at reigning Olympic champion Chen Long getting a wildcard for the Glasgow tournament, Lee said he is not focussing on only his two main rivals - Lin and Chen - but that he will concentrate on his own preparations to go the distance, in what he believes will be a highly competitive draw at the World Championships.
"I was surprised Chen Long got the wild card, and there are another three players who qualified from China. The competition from other countries is also strong," Lee added.
"If I want to win the World Championships, I have to play against all the players, there is no easy way out. I have to accept this challenge, as I said, it is better for me to focus on my own preparation for the World Championships."