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Coach Eei Hui hoping to keep good run going in Glasgow

KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Chin Eei Hui hopes to be third time lucky as a coach in Glasgow.

National mixed doubles coach Eei Hui will leave with the team for Scotland today for the World Championships from Aug 21-27.

She will be guiding world No. 9 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing at the world meet.

The others from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable competing in Glasgow are Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles), Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Low Juan Shen-Chooi Kah Ming (men’s doubles).

Eei Hui was just an assistant coach when Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo bagged gold in women’s doubles at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Last year, her charges Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie bagged their first mixed doubles international title at the Scottish Open Grand Prix – also in Glasgow.

So, can she make it three out of three in Glasgow?

“Glasgow brings good memories to me as a coach. Our players have done well there. But it’ll be tougher at the world meet,” said 35-year-old Eei Hui.

Eei Hui, who won the 2016 Coach of the Year award, admitted that she would be satisfied “if Kian Meng-Pei Jing can score one big upset”.

The eighth seeds have a tricky quarter-final draw. They have a first-round bye and may face Indonesians Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggraini in the second round.

If they get past that, they should face 13th seeds Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China for a place in the quarter-finals.

If everything goes according to plan, they are likely meet third seeds Tontowi Ahmad-Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia in the last eight.

The Malaysians beat the former world champions in the first round of the Indonesian Open in June.

“This is the first world meet for Kian Meng. I hope he won’t let his nerves get to him,” said Eei Hui.

“I’ve pushed Kian Meng and Pei Jing through some physical drills for one month.

“They’re in good shape.

“Although the draw looks challenging, I believe they have a 50-50 chance.

“The tricky tie will be the one against the lower-ranked Chinese pair.”