PETALING JAYA: The determination of seasoned campaigners Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China, the never-say-die attitude of Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark and the fighting displays of South Korean youngsters Hwang Ji-man-Han Sang-hoon were the hallmarks of the All-England men’s doubles competition.
But national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said that the Malaysian doubles players did not have to look far to be inspired and motivated by others.
He said that there was a good role model in their own backyard and challenged his players to be as committed as national number one singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.
World number one Chong Wei proved yet again that he could be depended on to challenge strongly for honours in the men’s singles. He reached his first All-England final but lost tamely to Lin Dan of China in Birmingham on Sunday.
Despite the defeat, Rexy was impressed with the way Chong Wei put his mind, heart and soul into his preparations for the prestigious tournament.
In contrast, the men’s pairs under Rexy’s charge, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif, crashed out with below par performances in the men’s doubles quarter-finals. The top women’s pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty also went down meekly in the second round.
“Chong Wei went all out in training. He was so focused and committed. Although he lost, one knows that he gave his best out there,” said Rexy. “It is my hope that the doubles players will stay focused in training and give the same commitment in competition. I will not be disappointed if I know that my players had given their best.”
Kien Keat-Boon Heong were making an attempt to regain the title they won in 2007 but their winning run against Boe-Carsten ended in the quarter-finals. Fairuzizuan-Zakry went down to Ji-man-Sang-hoon at the same stage.
Both Boe-Mogensen and the young Korean pair gave good accounts of themselves before going down to the fired-up Cai Yun-Haifeng in the semi-final and final respectively.
The Malaysian men’s doubles pairs go into action at the Swiss Open in Basel tomorrow and Rexy hopes to see greater fighting displays from his changes.