National coaching director expresses dissatisfaction with inconsistent performances from Wei Chong-Kai Wun in men’s doubles

PETALING JAYA: National coaching director Rexy Mainaky is unhappy with shuttlers Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun’s inconsistent showings in the men’s doubles this year.

Wei Chong-Kai Wun’s up and down form continued when they went down 21-18, 18-21, 15-21 to Denmark’s world No. 25 Rasmus Kjaer-Frederik Sogaard in the first round of the French Open at the Glaz Arena in Rennes on Wednesday.

The world No. 20 pair had beaten the Danish duo en-route to finishing runners-up in the Arctic Open less than two weeks ago but could not raise their game again.

Wei Chong-Kai Wun had also suffered a first-round exit in the Denmark Open last week after losing 18-21, 16-21 to Japan’s world No. 17 Akira Koga-Taichi Saito in Odense.

Rexy was critical of Wei Chong-Kai Wun’s display in Rennes.

“They didn’t fight hard enough,” lamented Rexy.

“They played well in one tournament, then they seem to lose focus in their next two outings.

“I can’t say much but they played badly and did not take responsibility on court.”

Besides the Arctic Open, Wei Chong-Kai Wun had also reached the finals of the Malaysian Masters in May where they finished runners-up and Taiwan Open in June which they won but they crashed out in the early rounds in all their other tournaments.

The pair’s exit in the French tourney meant that Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s doubles in the tournament came to a premature end.

There was better news in the mixed doubles when Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie made it safely into the second round.

Tang Jie-Ee Wei defeated Denmark’s Mads Vestergaard-Christine Busch 21-12, 21-15 while Soon Huat-Shevon ousted Taiwan’s Yang Po-hsuan-Hu Ling-fang 21-9, 21-8.

Both pairs will next face Hong Kong pairs in the second round.

Tang Jie-Ee Wei will take on Reginald Lee-Ng Tsz Yau while Soon Huat-Shevon will meet Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet.

2023-10-26 23:42:03
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