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04-14-2007, 09:40 PM #1
2007/04/15 Asian Badminton Championships: Top pair scrape through
By : K.M. Boopathy
National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky (right) gives Koo Kien Keat a tongue lashing during the semi-final against Taiwanís Tsai Chia Hsin-Hu Chung Hsien yesterday. Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong won 18-21, 21-16, 21-10.
ALL ENGLAND champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong dished out a sloppy performance yesterday against Taiwanís Tsai Chia Hsin-Hu Chung Hsien before managing a 18-21, 21-16, 21-10 win to make the menís doubles final of the Asian Championships at Johor Baru City Stadium.
For the Malaysians, the 44-minute struggle was a rude awakening and their worst performance since winning the gold in the Asian Games last December.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong flirted with defeat until the Taiwanese started committing errors in the second game to spare them the embarrassment.
In the other semi-final, defending champions Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah defeated compatriots Fairuzizuan Tazari-Zakry Latif 11-21, 21-13, 21-15 in 40 minutes.
Kien Keatís over confidence almost ruined the day for the Malaysian fans as the 22-year-old lost his focus and committed many unforced errors.
Kien Keat, usually reliable in crucial stages, chose the wrong moment to play to the crowd and this led to Chia Hsin-Chung Hsien capitalising on the situation. Boon Heong tried his best to unravel things, but Kien Keatís erratic game led to the Malaysians looking vulnerable.
But Boon Heong managed to take control in the third game and this turned the tide their way.
An apologetic Kien Keat said: "This can be considered the worst performance of my career. I just lost focus.
"Maybe I was over confident. Itís a good experience for us. I was never under this kind of pressure situation before.
"I promise this will not happen again. My movement on court was so slow and I donít understand what happened.
"Our target is to make sure that we donít lose to a foreign pair. Now we have made it to the final. We are playing our teammates and anything can happen."
Boon Heong said: "I didnít play well and probably my lack of warm-up led to it. We need to get our act right as Tan Fook-Wan Wah will not be easy to play."
An upset national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky took Kien Keat to task and told him to behave more professionally and respect the opponents.
"Iím unhappy with Kien Keat's performance and Iíve told him to forget about (winning) the World Championships or the Beijing Olympics if this is his attitude," said Rexy.
"Koo was over confident and it happened at the wrong time. We won the second game because the opponents made mistakes or else Kien Keat-Boon Heong would have packed their bags and headed home.
"Koo needs to be more professional and he must not look down on his opponents just because he has won big tournaments.
"Their training has also been disrupted by plenty of functions. I plead to everyone involved to spare the boys from these activities. Let's work together so that they can be focused on their Olympic target."
Tan Fook-Wan Wah, who had said that Kien Keat-Boon Heong are favourites, must be fancying their chances in the final after witnessing their struggle yesterday.
oh dear,hope he not lost focus again.
04-14-2007, 10:56 PM #2
actually im glad tat they are being "bombed" by rexy especially kkk..
they must "wake up" and everything have to start from zero after all the winning and celebrations.. back to the training mood and not think that they are already very good after ending MAS drought of gold medals for few tournament.. this is just not the right attitude
04-15-2007, 06:12 AM #3
agree with winnie....
04-15-2007, 06:30 AM #4
Rexy is the key to KKK/TBH's success.
Rexy is the key to KKK/TBH's success.......LWW/CTF can win the match because they have more experience and can set to auto-pilot when they are without the coach. KKK/TBH cant.
04-15-2007, 06:50 AM #5
KKK/TBH lost in final of the ABC tournament earlier on. i guess it will be a turning point of losing for them. without Rexy together with them giving advices, they will be no where near to beat any pair at all. all the pairs around the world will be thinking if LWW/CTF can beat them, why not the other foreign pairs? a coach can't be always stand by your side and giving you advices. there are times where the coaches will not be around due to some circumstances. therefore, as professional players, they need to be tactful when hitting that kind of situation.*do reminded that KKK/TBH lose in Korean Open semifinal where Rexy was not with them!*
well, indeed they are still young and have a lot of experiences to cope. at the moment, they are still semi-pro level although having won a few tournaments. i am sensing they wont be winning any tournaments anymore. Singapore and Indonesian Super Series will be hard for them after losing the ABC tournament to LWW/CTF; a physiological attack to them. they might perform well, BUT IF ONLY Rexy is with them in every match they will be playing.
as for LWW/CTF, they are only 'world champion' when playing against own teammates. when they are facing the other foreign pairs, their legs will be shaking throughout the match, with or without their coach
04-15-2007, 06:58 AM #6
hiahhahaiahiahaihaihihi......."world champion" when playing against team mates.
04-15-2007, 07:01 AM #7
hey u guys arr..dun say the veteran like that la.. i think they are almost perfect in form today..almost no loophole and they play faster games than kkk/tbh too..
i do think kkk/tbh need to grow up mentally n cannot always rely on their "daddy" rexy all the time.. u can expect rexy to be with them in every tournament or stay as malaysia MD coach forever, rite?
04-15-2007, 07:12 AM #8
LWW/CTF, they really great players. if they were to play like what they did just now, they can beat any top pairs i assure of that. but too bad they are only in good form when they are playing against their own teammates due to no pressure and know well of each other's playing style. for example, if you are playing against with your friends, you will be not having pressures at all too..
you are absolutely right that they cannot always rely on their coach. like i said, as professional players, they need to be tactful when hitting that kind of situation that coaches are not around during their game play. therefore, they are still consider as underdogs...
04-15-2007, 07:50 AM #9
i think their victory this time convey some message.. both CTF/LWW try to tell the worlds that they are still very good altho their age are catching up and with the emergence of new top pair from malaysia, they still capable to beat them..tats what i think.. and also they try to teach kkk/tbh a lesson to not too over confident/look down ur opponent/think they are great after all the victory in major tournament
04-15-2007, 07:58 AM #10
i think KKK is the one to be blame as he was over confident....he spoilt TBH's play. after this defeat, KKK's play will become very sloppy based from his character. unless he can grow..i think TBH more mature than KKK... as for CTF/LWW they are good teacher though..hahaha...
04-15-2007, 09:05 AM #11
Originally Posted by winnie
04-15-2007, 09:23 AM #12
They lost because after the All England, their training has been disrupted by lots of social events. When you training goes down, your condition goes down and your focus goes down.
You need fitness, skill, consistency and concentration to win the match. It seems KKK has dropped in some of these areas. Some players know how to bring themselves out of such slumps. I wonder if KKK can be one of those players.
04-15-2007, 09:24 AM #13
i can see that they will not win any tournaments at the moment, not the Sin, Indo, China Super Series and others. tough road ahead for them. everyone knows their style of play already....we'll just have to wait for the World Championship.
04-15-2007, 09:27 AM #14
Its normal for them to lose focus. Anyway they are still young. They will learn from this event. You wont know what is lose until you tasted it. I'm sure the boys heard this from Rexy.
04-15-2007, 09:28 AM #15
Yes, it takes time to train up to the same level as well. Easy to go down but harder to train up. Don't expect them to win the next couple of tournaments.
04-15-2007, 09:34 AM #16
Originally Posted by Cheung
04-15-2007, 10:39 AM #17
what was wrong with koo kien kiet today in abc?
I said already their basic skill are still a distance aways. dun always said them are superstar ok? See today they are tested by their senior tan fook/wan wah . what a games by two malaysia vateren. Actualy tan fook/wan wah was good but sometimes they are emotional or mentally weak. see today they play malaysia all england champion. because thay have no pressure, everything they have come out. Superb smash by tan fook. It show how was the koo/tan defences. and koo/tan smash cant fight them at all, lack of power. I can say that this is the battle of the basic skills no obvious strategy from both pair. U can see now how was their basic skills now?
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