MEN’S DOUBLES THE KEY
Teams’ Sudirman Cup fate to be decided by pairs
FABIAN PETER email@example.com
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.
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.