KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Tan Kian Meng was skeptical at first, but now he is game to switch from the men’s singles to the mixed doubles.
On Monday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost announced that Kian Meng would be transformed into a mixed doubles player.
The Dane opined that the lanky Kian Meng could not go far in the singles and offered the player an option to prolong his badminton career.
After much thought and encouragement from his family and team-mates, the former Under-18 boys’ singles champion Kian Meng has agreed to give the mixed doubles a shot.
Kian Meng, who picked up badminton when he was nine-years-old, said he would relish the challenge.
“At first, I was shocked. I have been a singles player for some time now,” said Kian Meng, who was Lee Chong Wei’s favourite sparring partner when he was promoted to the national team last year.
“I was told that I do not have a good defensive game and slow at the front in singles. Frost wants me to try out the mixed doubles for six to nine months and see whether I can adapt. I will do my best.
“The only experience I had in the mixed doubles was during the Kopiko Purple League with Serdang BC last year. It was not too bad.
“My coach (Tan Kim Her) is looking for a partner for me right now. Hopefully, I will get a compatible one and we can achieve good results for the country,” added Kian Meng.
If all goes well, Kian Meng may be paired off with Lai Pei Jing.
To date, only Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are the confirmed mixed doubles pair in the national team. Kim Her is expected to announce his new line-up soon.
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