BolaStylo.com – Badminton Malaysia Federation (BAM) coaching director for the doubles sector, Rexy Mainaky, answered a question mark regarding the fate of the pair Aaron Chia / Soh Wooi Yik.
Malaysia’s number 1 men’s doubles pair, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, have recently begun to be questioned by the public.
This is because the duo, who have been paired for almost 5 years, have not yet won a single title in the BWF World Tour tournament.
Not only that, recently, the duo from Malaysia have often been frustrated whenever they meet Indonesian representatives, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto.
This Malaysian duo had to face the harsh reality of being defeated three times by Fajar/Rian during their meeting in the 2022 season.
The most painful thing, they were forced to bite their fingers in the semifinals of the Malaysia Masters 2022 in front of the public themselves because they were defeated by the Indonesian representative.
In fact, the duo from Malaysia have always managed to beat Fajar/Rian in their previous meetings.
With a series of unpleasant notes, the fate of this Malaysian couple was then questioned.
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The question arises whether they will be retained or not considering they still have zero titles even though they have entered the top 10 in the world.
Regarding this issue, Rexy Mainaky as the Director of BAM’s Coaching in the double put sector spoke up.
Rexy said that there was no idea to separate the Aaron/Soh couple.
“We haven’t reached that point yet,” said Rexy.
The coach from Indonesia then continued that Malaysia did not have much choice in the men’s doubles sector.
If they had to separate the two, BAM would not have much choice in finding their companion.
“We don’t have much choice in the men’s doubles sector, if we separate Aaron and Wooi Yik, who will be their new partner?,” Rexy continued.
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Rexy realized that many Malaysian men’s doubles were starting to appear, unfortunately they had not been able to penetrate the expected rankings.
The former badminton player also mentioned that Malaysia does not have the luxury of Indonesia, which has many men’s singles in the top 25 world rankings.
If they are determined to separate Aaron/Soh, Malaysia could run out of time.
“Although we have a lot of pairs coming in, most are ranked outside the top 100.”
“We don’t have the luxury of Indonesia having 6 pairs in the top 25, if we separate Aaron and Wooi Yik and pair them with that player, it will have an impact on their overall ranking.”
“We can’t afford to start from a low-level event. There just isn’t time for that,” he added.
Aaron/Soh are indeed the Malaysian men’s doubles with the highest ranking at the moment, so separating them of course has many things to consider.
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Although Malaysia has other men’s doubles that are starting to show improvement, such as Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin, the duo from Malaysia are still not consistent enough, especially when they meet representatives of Indonesia.
“They have the ability and expertise to go far, however, they didn’t do well against the Indonesian pair,” explained Rexy.
Regardless of Rexy’s statement, Aaron/Soh’s best achievement in the BWF World Tour competition was runner up.
This Malaysian duo has been recorded as runner-up in three world competitions, namely the SaarLorlux Open 2018, All England Open 2019 and Thailand Open 2022.
Despite having zero titles on the BWF World Tour, the duo from Malaysia managed to collect bronze medals at the Tokyo 2022 Olympics, World Championship silver and 2019 SEA Games gold.