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.