Maiden title shot in the arm for Jia Wei
VICTORY in the Polish Open on Sunday may not be huge for some but shuttler Tan Jia Wei hopes the success of winning his first senior men’s singles title will give him the confidence to become a top player.
National singles coach Indra Wijaya wants the 19-year-old to use the breakthrough for a better future as the Indonesian rates the World No 221 as having potential to go far in the sport.
“Jia Wei needs to build his character and show consistency as in terms of form, he has made huge progress.
“But having talent alone is not enough to be a top player. Jia Wei needs to play at the highest level in tournaments to make further breakthroughs,” said Indra from Poland yesterday.
Jia Wei’s win was momentous as he had to negotiate three qualifying matches for a spot into the main draw before overcoming fourth seed and World No 62 Ygor Coelho of Brazil 21-13, 20-22, 21-10 in the final on Sunday.
“Jia Wei played very well here. Although it is only a small European tournament, the win is very important to him.
“For every shuttler, winning the first tournament is always the toughest but once it is achieved, things become easier for the player.
“He has achieved his first title and now, he should aim for a second and climb the rankings.
“I hope he will continue the winning momentum at the Orleans International in France (starts on Thursday),” said Indra.
On what was the secret behind Jia Wei’s rise, Indra said he has been giving individual attention in training to the shuttler.
“I give everyone in my squad personalised attention as each has different styles, strengths and weaknesses. Jia Wei has been very diligent in training and I am happy for his success.
“Desire to win is something every shuttler must possess to go far. Jia Wei must keep himself hungry and take every opportunity when it comes.
“He needs to remind himself that he cannot afford to have off days,” Indra added. Ajitpal Singh