Aaron-Wooi Yik have champion's mentality - Paulus

Last update: 13/03/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- National men´s doubles shuttlers Aaron Chia Teng Fong-Soh Wooi Yik must possess the mentality of champions and always be hungry for success if they want to be among the world´s best pairs.

National men´s doubles coach Paulus Firman said such a mentality was vital for any athlete to perform at the highest level consistently to achieve success at the highest stage.

He said although Aaron-Wooi Yik beat some of the world´s best in the recently-concluded All-England badminton championships, the main factor in their defeat to Indonesians Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in the final was due to the absence of the mental element.

“We can see that they do not have enough experience compared to Ahsan-Hendra, who have reigned supreme on the international stage. They (Ahsan-Hendra) used their vast experience to beat our pair.

“Their lack of a champion´s mentality was obvious in the final. Yes, they did well to show mental toughness in the early rounds until the final, which was a different ball game all together. So, this is something we need to work on.

“Other than that, I hope they (Aaron-Wooi Yik) will not be contented with their achievement but, instead, always hunger for more success...this is just the beginning for them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann said the pair exceeded their expectations.

“The whole squad showed the expected improvement, but Aaron-Wooi Yik went beyond our expectations by reaching the All-England final,” he said.

Choong Hann, who said that the pair still had a few weaknesses, urged them to be more focused and be prepared to train harder in preparation for the 2019 Malaysian Open (from April 2-7) as well as to chase for points in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers beginning in May.