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Lee Out to Silence His Critics

Malaysia's Olympic silver medal winner Lee Chong Wei is determined to prove his critics wrong by winning a title while holding the world number one position.

Lee assumed the top ranking for the third time in his career three months ago, having just lost in the final of the Beijing Olympics men's singles event to China's Lin Dan, who previously held top spot.

However, Lee has failed to make the most of his top ranking in subsequent tournaments, continuing his unwanted record of not winning a title as the world number one.

He lost in the finals of the Japan Open and Macau Open and was beaten in the semi-finals of the French Open two weeks ago.

Lee told local media that he was putting too much pressure on himself and hopes to be in top form for the China Open in Shanghai from November 18-23.

He was quoted as saying: "Success has not gone into my head and the hunger to win is still there. However, the pressure has been somewhat increased since becoming world number one.

"I probably have been trying to hard to win and I will not be doing this anymore. All focus was on the Olympics before this and it had taken a lot from me and the momentum will surely drop.

"My objective now is to aim for the World Championships in India and the All England next year and I will take whatever results that come my way. I am learning to cope with the pressure that comes with being the world number one."

Even national singles coach Misbun Sidek is standing by Lee. Misbun, who has guided Lee's career since his formative years, believes that as long as his player continues to work hard, success will come his way.

Misbun said: "What Chong Wei needs to do is he must accept what he is going through and not lose heart with his defeats. Becoming world number one and sustaining it takes a lot of effort and he must learn to cope.

"I will be worried if he doesn't put enough effort in training but that's not the case. The only problem is that when he starts giving in if the losses continue."

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