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    Post Soon Kit confident his women’s doubles players will nail elusive gold

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    KUALA LUMPUR: There is only one SEA Games medal missing in the collection since Cheah Soon Kit became the coach of the national women doubles players in 2000.

    The draw is favourable to Malaysia for the women's doubles event in the Manila Games and Soon Kit is looking forward to his charges nailing the elusive gold medal.

    Malaysia have won a silver and bronze medal under his charge in the previous two Games. Ang Li Peng-Lim Pek Siah were the silver medallists in the 2001 Kuala Lumpur Games. And Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui took the bronze in Vietnam two years later.

    For the Manila Games, there is hope on world number seven Pei Tty-Eei Hui to become the first Malaysians to win the women's doubles gold medal.

    “There is a chance for our girls to become the champions. They have beaten their main rivals in several international tournaments this year,” said Soon Kit.

    “It will be great to win the gold medal because it will complete the collection of SEA Games medals in women's doubles since I became their coach in 2000.”

    Pei Tty-Eei Hui are the second seeds and they are tipped to play against China-born Jiang Yanmei-Li Yujia of Singapore in the semi-finals.

    The Thai world number five pair, Saralee Thungthongkam-Sathinee Jankrajangwong, are the top seeds and they are expected to play against Indonesians Jo Novita-Greysia Polii for a place in the final.

    Peib Tty-Eei Hui beat the Thais for the first time in three meetings in the semi-finals of the Indonesian Open in September. Their record against the Indonesians stands at 1-1. They were the losers in the Singapore Open but turned the tables on Novita-Polii in the Indonesian Open a month later.

    Soon Kit, however, said that Pei Tty-Eei Hui needed to look at the Singapore pair with caution.

    “Our girls have not played against them and we do not know their strength. This is going to be tricky. They are Chinese players and we cannot take them lightly,” he said.

    The Singaporeans are currently ranked 11th in the world and their best result this year was a semi-final appearance in the Indonesian Open.

    Besides Eei Hui-Pei Tty, the other Malaysian pair in the fray are Ooi Sock Ai-Mooi Hing Yau and they have Novita-Polii in their path in the quarter-finals.

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    Cool Go for it

    Pretty reasonable and achievable target, good luck Soon Kit.

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