PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles head coach Rosman Razak insists Tee Jing Yi’s abrupt departure will not affect the strength of his department.
The 27-year-old Jing Yi, who partnered Soong Fie Cho, are among the top three pairs in the country alongside Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei and Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean.
The singles-turned-doubles shuttler Jing Yi left the national set-up last Tuesday, leaving Rosman with just 11 players at his disposal.
The others are Lim Chiew Sien, Tan Sueh Jeou, Goh Yea Ching, Yap Zheng Wen, Teoh Mei Xing and Yap Zhen.
Rosman thanked Jing Yi for her contribution to the national team.
“We respect her decision (to quit). We wish her all the best. Jing Yi is a good player but we have to look ahead and help develop the young players in the team,” said Rosman.
The coach has been experimenting with different partnerships since May in his search for two strong pairs capable of not only qualifying but also to contend for medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Meanwhile, world No. 105 women’s doubles pair Chiew Sien-Sueh Jeou have made it to the main draw of the Thailand Open.
They beat Thailand’s Manassiri Bowonwitthanakul-Thanapim Kaweenuntavong 21-10, 21-12 to set up a first-round clash against another home pair Savitree Amitrapai-Pacharapun Chochuwong today.
National men’s singles shuttler Leong Jun Hao, making his first competitive appearance since April, also did well to reach the tournament proper in Bangkok.
Jun Hao, who will turn 19 on Friday, first overcame Thai Kantawat Leelavechabutr 21-16, 21-16 before returning to the court three hours later to oust Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia 22-20, 21-19.
Jun Hao will next take on home favourite Kantaphon Wangcharoen, who slayed China’s Olympic champion Chen Long at the Malaysian Open two weeks ago.
Also in the men’s singles action today are national No. 2 Lee Zii Jia and former internationals Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng.