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He has not beaten his Malaysian rival in five previous meetings across seven years.
But, the Republic’s top male shuttler Derek Wong aims to reverse his winless streak against Chong Wei Feng at the OUE Singapore Open, which starts on Tuesday at the Indoor Stadium.
The two have been drawn to play in the first of the two-round qualifiers for the men’s singles competition.
After training yesterday, world No. 42 Wong said: “It’s true that I haven’t been beating him, and I have actually spoken to my coach about him and Tanongsak (Saensomboonsuk of Thailand) because these are players I haven’t beaten before, even though I have won against senior players like Taufik (Hidayat, former Olympic and world champion) in the past.”
“It seems like all of them know how to play against me but I don’t know how to play against them,” added the 26-year-old, who lost to India’s Sai Praneeth in the second round of the Super Series tournament last year.
The 2012 Olympian has been analysing videos of the Malaysian and Thai shuttlers with the upcoming South-east Asia (SEA) Games in mind.
Read the full report in our print edition on April 3.
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