KUALA LUMPUR: Former Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi (pic) must learn to take the bull by the horns.
“I believe that Teck Zhi has been given plenty of chances to come good in this sport ... it’s up to him to take his chances well,” said the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost.
“He has pointed out some reasons why he has not been doing well. I don’t think it’s anybody fault. He just has to take his chances, utilise it and make the best of it.”
A day before crashing out of the National Grand Prix Finals at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Friday, the 21-year-old Teck Zhi had listed several reasons for the drop in his world ranking – from No. 50 to No. 94.
Among them were the lack of a proper training programme and how his coach, Tey Seu Bock, was more focused on world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei most of the times.
Besides Teck Zhi, Seu Bock is also in charge of Lim Chi Wing and Soong Joo Ven.
At the national meet, Chi Wing put up a stunning show to upset defending champion Chong Wei Feng to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.
Frost defended Seu Bock, saying “he has done well as a coach”.
“Seu Bock has only four players under him. It shouldn’t be too difficult to focus on each of them. He is an experienced coach and has done well so far,” said Frost.
“I agree that some of the coaches gave their best for Chong Wei ahead of his preparation for the Olympics. It’s back to normal now.”
On Teck Zhi’s potential, Frost believes that the youngster could go far “if he cuts down on his inconsistency.”
“He has this peculiarity in his game. On a good day, he can be a very fast and aggressive player. He can be dangerous to play against. But, when he’s not at his best, it’s horrible to watch him play,” said Frost.
“We will talk to him and look into his needs. Ultimately, we want him to be consistent and become an awfully good player.”
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