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.....