KUALA LUMPUR: Their week-old reign as world No. 1 passed by without any fanfare but women’s doubles pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty know a real party awaits them if they can defy the odds and come up triumphant at the All England in March.
Last Thursday, Eei Hui-Pei Tty dropped to the second spot in the world standings after holding on to the number tag for a week. Taiwan’s Cheng Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin took over as world No. 1 following their superb win over local favourites Lee Hyo-jung-Lee Kyung-won en route to winning the Korean Open title.
Pei Tty said that the last week had been rather quiet for them.
In fact, Pei Tty and Eei Hui were more excited about the short break to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their families in Perak and Penang respectively.
“It was just another week for us. Nothing much changed,” said Pei Tty.
“I think Eei Hui and I are more calm and composed. Our emotions were all mixed up after our win at the Super Series Masters Finals (in Kota Kinabalu last month).
“Now, we have accepted the fact that we have improved and, naturally, expectations will be higher on us. There is still more work to be done before we can become be the world’s best.”
Pei Tty said their real challenge would be at the All-England, which will be held in Birmingham from March 3-8, as they expect to come up against several top pairs from China.
The China shuttlers had skipped international tournaments since last month.
“We were early round casualties last year. I do not like the idea of setting a target because it puts undue pressure on us. But my goal is to give my best at the All-England,” said Pei Tty.
The duo’s best achievement in the All-England was a semi-final appearance in 2006 — the year Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong won the men’s doubles crown.
No Malaysian women’s pair have reached the final of an All-England tournament but, if Eei Hui-Pei Tty can maintain their momentum, they may well create history in Birmingham.