Home > Sport > Badminton
Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 10:10:00 PM
Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 10:18:34 PM
by rajes paul
Koo Kien Keat (right) and doubles partner Tan Boon Heong will play together for the last time at the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen before the former retires.
COPENHAGEN: Doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat has one final advice for all his men’s doubles team-mates: “Don’t make the mistakes I had done as a player”.
His career as a player will officially come to an end at the ongoing World Championships, where he is partnering Tan Boon Heong.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, the former All-England champions, had a first round bye and will play against the first-round winners of the match between Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China and Martin Campbell-Patrick Machugh of Scotland in Tuesday’s second round.
Kien Keat admitted that if he could turn back the clock, he would have dealt with some of the problems differently.
“I’ve been there a long time and I’m sharing what I know. I’m sure some of the players have seen some of my mistakes and will not repeat them,” he said.
“There have been times when I lacked passion. Instead of looking from within and working on certain issues, I was more focused on outside factors.
“A player can be his own worst enemy. All that desire to work hard ... to make a difference, must come from within.”
Kien Keat had a special advice for reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem.
“Winning a title is hard but maintaining it (their form) is even harder. Remember, this is just the starting point and there will be a lot of challenges along the way but they must stand united,” said Kien Keat.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s best a result at the world meet was a final appearance at the 2010 edition in Paris.
For this year’s meet, they have not set themselves any targets.
Wee Kiong is partnering Hoon Thien How in this year’s meet and they will face Poland’s Lukasz Moren-Wojciech Szkudlarczyk in the second round.
Tags / Keywords:
Badminton, Badminton World Championships, Copenhagen, Koo Kien Keat, Tan Boon Heong
Iskandar moves into Dutch Open quarter-finals
National shuttler Iskandar keeps upward trend in Dutch Open
New doubles duty for Kian Meng at Korean Masters
Seng Zoe having a bumper year as a junior
Jun Wei can mix it up too in Junior Purple League
Kien Keat-Boon Heong in Thailand Open final
Malaysian pair, Jin Wei check into final in Vietnam International
Jin Wei got her revenge on Su-yu in Vietnam International
Hard luck for Kien Keat-Boon Heong in Thailand Open final as duo falter
Improving Kian Meng and partner reach semis in Vietnam
Jinn Hwa hopes training with seniors will boost junior title chances
Kelabit land earmarked for sub-temperate farming
Maxis and Digi reveal iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pricing in Malaysia
Negotiators honoured at annual National Real Estate Awards
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)