MEN’S DOU­BLES THE KEY

Teams’ Sudirman Cup fate to be de­cided by pairs

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

THE key to win­ning ties at the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia on May 21-28 lies with the men’s dou­bles. Ac­cord­ing to BA of Malaysia (BAM) tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Morten Frost, the top six teams com­pet­ing in this year’s edi­tion all have trong men’s pairs and it will be a cru­cial point to be won.

In yes­ter­day’s draw in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia were grouped with 2014 Thomas Cup cham­pi­ons Ja­pan and Eng­land.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause after ev­ery Olympic year, you see a coun­try re­build­ing a team and that is what is hap­pen­ing now.

“It is an open af­fair. How­ever, I be­lieve the key lies with the men’s dou­bles.

“Teams win­ning the men’s dou­bles match stand a good chance of win­ning the tie. I say this be­cause if you look at the top six teams this year, they have all got very strong men’s dou­bles, all among the world top 10,” said Frost who be­lieves that Malaysia — after a long time — stand a good chance of win­ning the bi­en­nial mixed team event.

The Dane added that top seeds China are still the favourites to win their 11th ti­tle, but are not im­pos­si­ble to beat.

“Two years ago, Malaysia went in as the No 10 team. This year, we are fifth. Hope­fully in the com­ing tour­na­ment, we will be among the best three.

“Malaysia are cur­rently strong in men’s sin­gles, men’s dou­bles and mixed dou­bles. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how our young shut­tler (Goh Jin Wei) adapts to the pres­sure of play­ing in the women’s sin­gles.

“China are no longer the team they used to be. Yes they are still favourites but they are vul­ner­a­ble.

“If we can fight them to try and win 3-2, I think any other team will also be able to do it. So let’s wait and see.”

China are in Group 1A with Hong Kong and Thai­land, while South Korea are in Group 1B with Tai­wan and Rus­sia.

Groud D, seem­ingly the group of death, has Den­mark, In­done­sia and In­dia.

PIC BY LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

BAM act­ing pres­i­dent Tan Sri Mo­hamed Al Amin Abd Ma­jid (left) and BAM tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Morten Frost with na­tional shut­tlers Tan Kian Meng (right), Goh Jin Wei (sec­ond from right) and Lai Pei Jing after the Sudirman Cup draw in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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