PETALING JAYA: The new service rule in badminton does not favour tall or short players. It affects all.
This was the feedback of national mixed doubles head coach Chin Eei Hui on the new rule that was experimented at the German Open in Mulheim last week.
“And the best way to deal with it is to adapt,” said Eei Hui ahead of the All-England in Birmingham.
The All-England starts tomorrow with the main draw. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have scrapped the qualifying tournament, usually held on Tuesdays.
The service rule states that the whole shuttle should be below 1.15m from the surface of the court at the moment it touches the server’s racquet. Previously, it was fixed at 1.1m.
Eei Hui pointed out that mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing was also faulted several times in the German Open.
“Initially, tall players were complaining but short players were also faulted.
“Our pint-sized Pei Jing was one of the affected players,” she said.
“We’re still trying to figure out how the service judge calls the fault. It’s not consistent.”
Asked whether the world body might scrap the rule during the All-England’s team managers’ meeting today, Eei Hui said: “I doubt it. And there is no point in complaining. We just need to get used to it at the All-England.”
Malaysian representatives at the prestigious tournament are defending champion Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles); Soniia Cheah, Goh Jin Wei (women’s singles); Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin (men’s doubles); and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles).