Wooi Yik-Aaron vow to smash away underachievers tag

  • Badminton
  • Wednesday, 30 Oct 2019

PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles shuttlers Soh Wooi Yik and Aaron Chia are determined to win their first title by next year to shrug off their underachievers tag.

The 21-year-old Wooi Yik has been playing with Aaron, 22, since November 2017 but they have yet to land a title despite reaching five finals to date including the All-England in March this year.

Wooi Yik is confident they will achieve the breakthrough.

“Our coach (Paulus Firman) told us that a pair should try to fulfil their potential within the first two to three years of their partnership by winning at least a title,” said Wooi Yik.

“Aaron and I have played together for nearly two years, we’ve to step up and get the breakthrough the soonest we can, hopefully by next year.”

Wooi Yik-Aaron announced their arrival on the big stage when they reached the quarter-finals on their World Championships debut in Nanjing, China, in August last year.

They had consistently made the last eight on the World Tour with their best outing at the All-England.

Aaron-Wooi Yik’s fine display made them an instant sensation and they were likened to former world No. 1 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who were dominant in their early 20s.

However, Aaron-Wooi Yik have failed to live up to the high expectations after that and have pleaded for patience from the fans to give them more time to flourish.

Boon Heong recently told them not to take their time for granted and dream big.

Wooi Yik says it’s unfair for himself and Aaron to be compared to Kien Keat-Boon Heong.

“Players have different characters and their career paths will not be the same. Some make an immediate impact but some may take years,” said Wooi Yik.

“Boon Heong enjoyed success at a young age, winning the All-England at 20 and the 2006 Doha Asian Games gold at 19.

“We’re looking for that very important first breakthrough too,” said Wooi Yik, who will be out to come good at next week’s Fuzhou China Open.

Aaron-Wooi Yik will open their campaign against India’s Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy of India and will most likely face Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto in the second round.

Fajar-Rian are ranked fifth in the world but Aaron-Wooi Yik have beaten them in their previous two encounters.

“The draw is not too bad, so we hope to make it to at least the last eight,” said Wooi Yik.

“We need to do well in Fuzhou to make the top-eight cut for the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou (in December). We’re at 10th spot now, and have a chance.”

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