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Lee Looking for Lift in Denmark

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei is still looking for his first title as world number one, and he is hoping the Denmark Open in late October will end his drought.

The Olympic silver medallist rose to the top of the rankings for the third time in his career almost two months ago.

However, he failed to make the most of his top seedings in the Japan Open and Macau Open, both times losing in the final to Indonesian opponents - Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Taufik Hidayat respectively.

This time, Lee will be more confident because he can go to the Odense tournament on the back of two weeks of solid training.

Prior to leaving for Japan, Lee's training was hampered by off-court activities and functions in the aftermath of his silver-winning performance at the Beijing Olympics.

Another reason he can be confident is that the man he deposed as world number one and his Olympic final conqueror Lin Dan will once again be missing from the line-up.

If Lee's post-Olympic celebrations have been hectic, the Lin's have been almost chaotic because he has yet to play a match in anger since claiming the gold in Beijing two months ago.

He was absent from tournaments in Japan, China and Macau and was supposed to sign up for Denmark but decided to give that tournament a miss as well.

Still, it won't be a cake-walk for the Malaysian because there are other top players in the field. Among them is China's world number four Bao Chunlai.

Lee opens his campaign against fellow Malaysian Sairul Amar Ayub and if he gets past that match, he will probably face another compatriot in the form of Hafiz Hashim.

The seedings have Lee facing Indonesia's Simon Santoso in the quarter-finals with Bao probably waiting for him in the semi-finals.

The second seed is another potential title-winner in China's Chen Jin, the All England champion and Olympic bronze-medallist.

The tournament will also provide Malaysia's doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong another chance to prove they are back, having won the Macau Open in early October.

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