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Another Chance for Lee Chong Wei

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will make yet another attempt at an elusive tournament victory while occupying the world number one position when he takes part in this week's French Open Super Series event.

Lee, who assumed the top ranking two months ago, missed out on last week's Danish Open because of fatigue.

However, his name is in the draw for the French event, where he is top seed. The Malaysian is enjoying his third stint as world number one but he has yet to win a title while in such rarified status.

He has had a couple of chances already in the past few weeks but blamed his inability to win on a lack of preparation following a busy schedule to celebrate his silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in August.

His tasks were made easier with the absence of China's Lin Dan, who beat Lee for the Olympic gold.

Lin will again be missing this week as Lee takes on India's Arvind Bhat in the first round with a possible second-round against Hong Kong's Chan Yan-kit awaiting him.

His biggest challenge will then come in the quarter-finals, where he is seeded to meet the number four seed from Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who has already beaten Lee recently.

The other half of the draw is less congested with top-class players with to second seed, but third seed Chen Jin, China's All England champion, is favourite to reach the final.

He has an opening-round encounter against India's unpredictable Chetan Anand. The next highest seed in the lower half of the draw is Denmark's Kenneth Jonassen, who plays qualifier Brice Leverdez.

All eyes will also be on former world number one Peter Gade, who won in Denmark last week.

The veteran Gade, seeded eighth, opens his campaign in France against England's Rajiv Ouseph.

In the women's singles, China's Lu Lan tops the seedings ahead of compatriot Xie Xingfang.

Lu takes on Indonesian Adrianti Firdasari in her first-round match while second-seeded Xie, the Olympic silver medallist, meets tough Hong Kong player Wang Chen.

Seeded third is another Hong Kong player, Zhou Mi, who takes on India's Aditi Mutatkar while fourth-seeded Dane Tine Rasmussen plays Judith Meulendijks, of the Netherlands.

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