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Frost wants shut­tlers to main­tain good form for com­ing chal­lenges

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

MORTEN Frost wants the Malaysian elite shut­tlers who re­cently com­peted at the All Eng­land to main­tain their form.

The BA of Malaysia (BAM) tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion over the team’s per­for­mance in Birm­ing­ham, be­liev­ing that things are fi­nally mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“I think our play­ers did very well at the All Eng­land. Mixed dou­bles’ Chan Peng Sooh-Goh Liu Ying came re­ally close and it was un­for­tu­nate for them to lose in the fi­nal.

“Our men’s dou­bles (Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong) did rea­son­ably well too, but af­ter play­ing the China pair (Li Jun­hui-Liu Yuchen) a cou­ple of times, it’s nor­mal to win some and lose some.

“Our women’s dou­bles Vi­vian Hoo Kah Mun-Woon Khe Wei are slowly re­gain­ing their con­fi­dence and de­spite los­ing in the sec­ond round, I think they gave the third seeded South Kore­ans (Jung Kyung Eun-Shin Se­ung Chan) a re­ally good fight.

“Our sec­ond men’s dou­bles Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and mixed dou­bles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing also gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence there, so I’m not too wor­ried,” said Frost.

“Of course we can’t guar­an­tee a good out­ing for ev­ery­one at ev­ery tour­na­ment, but I think they know what is ex­pected of them as they have all ma­tured.”

On a sep­a­rate note, Frost con- firmed that for­mer world ju­nior cham­pion Goh Jin Wei is set to re­turn at the Malaysia Open on Apr 4-9.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dane, the 17year-old who suf­fered an an­kle in­jury, is show­ing good progress in train­ing and looks set to make a come­back since her last out­ing at the Malaysia Mas­ters in Sibu in Jan­uary.

“Iskan­dar (Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din) is the only one car­ry­ing a long term in­jury (slipped disc) and we are not go­ing to risk him un­til he gets bet­ter. The good news is Jin Wei is back on court and has been show­ing good progress dur­ing train­ing.

“I am quite sure she will make a come­back at the Malaysia Open.”

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