Maiden ti­tle shot in the arm for Jia Wei

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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