Vivian admits women’s doubles need to change to see results


  • Badminton
  • Saturday, 19 Oct 2019

A change will do us good: Vivian Hoo (right) and Yap Cheng Wen lost in the first round of the Denmark Open on Tuesday.

KUALA LUMPUR: It takes courage to admit one’s shortfall and act on it.

Vivian Hoo acknowledged that Malaysia need to ring the changes to revive the standard of women’s doubles.

Vivian and her younger partner Yap Cheng Wen crashed out in the first round of the Denmark Open in Odense on Tuesday while national No. 1 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean went a round better before losing on Thursday.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are looking at a major revamp at the end of the year to strengthen the national team.

And Vivian is willing to go the distance with her teammates to make the necessary changes.

“For sure, we need to change. We need to accept the fact that we are getting left behind. We don’t want to be stuck in a rut,” said Vivian.

“We’ve been trying out different programmes and techniques but so far it’s not working yet.”

Vivian and former partner Woon Khe Wei were in a class of their own for 10 years before the latter retired last year due to a nagging knee injury.

During their reign as the national No. 1, they won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Manches-ter; bronze at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea; gold at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar; and reached the quarter-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

At last year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Vivian partnered Chow Mei Kuan and won the gold.

This year though, the women’s doubles have been mediocre and Vivian knows that change is inevitable.

She said that coach Rosman Razak and the players have been trying different strategies to narrow the gap between players from Japan, China, Indonesia and Thailand.

“We know we really need to buck up. In fact, I think, we have figured out a way to perform better but it takes time.

“Unfortunately, time is not on our side.

“There is pressure to deliver in tournaments and we’re always gunning for good results but we are not getting it, and that’s frustrating,” added Vivian.

World No. 22 Vivian-Cheng Wen and Mei Kuan-Meng Yean (15th) will now head to next week’s French Open in Paris hoping to salvage some pride.

They open their campaign against Ariel Lee-Sydney Lee of the United States and Du Yue-Li Yinhui of China respectively.


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