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Chong Wei, Taufik turn focus on Asian Games after elimination

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MALAYSIA'S Lee Chong Wei and Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat share something in common. Both were shown the exit in the World Championships by Chinese players. And now, both have turned their focus on the Asian Games.

With each country limited to just two entries, Chong Wei believes he has a good chance of landing the gold medal.

And in order to gear himself towards the Games, to be held in Doha, Qatar, on Dec 1-15, Chong Wei is eyeing a quick return to form in the Japan Open to maintain his ranking among the top two in the world.

The Japan Open will be held on Oct 10-17 followed by the China Open a week later.

It is disappointing to go out of the world championships without a medal but I hope to deliver in Doha, said Chong Wei, who was beaten in three games by Bao Chunlai in Friday's quarter-final.

The Asian Games come once in four years and that makes it very important as well.

The chances are also better as each country can only send a maximum of two players per category. As such, some of the Chinese players won't be there.

China have four dangerous players in world No 2 Lin Dan, Chunlai, Chen Hong and Chen Jin.

In fact, Chen Hong has been going great guns in the World Championships after he beat Taufik in the third round on Thursday.

He followed up with a three-game demolition of Denmark's Peter Gade Christensen in the quarter-finals.

I have to ensure that I continue to be among the top two in the world. And the Japan Open gives me the opportunity to do that, added Chong Wei.

Taufik also echoed the same sentiment, admitting that he was not fully fit for the World Championships.

After winning the world title in Anaheim (United States) last year, my form took a dip.

Furthermore, I have just recovered from a neck injury, said Taufik.

But my target now is the Asian Games. I have won the World and Olympic titles. Now, for the Asian Games.

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