KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s promising mixed doubles pair Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See have been dealt a setback in their bid to break into the top 20 of the world rankings.
Pang Ron picked up a spinal injury in training three weeks ago and will be out of action for three months.
“I injured myself just after Chinese New Year. I have a spinal fracture and I need some time to recover, ” explained Pang Ron, who is ranked 36th in the world with Yee See.
The 21-year-old’s injury is certainly a blow to his and Yee See’s hopes of moving up the world rankings as they have been making steady progress since being paired together in early 2018.
Pang Ron-Yee See were the only shuttlers from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to win a World Tour title in 2019 after they captured the fifth-tier Hyderabad Open.
Winning the Super 100 tournament in India is the pair’s best achievement to date.
India also turned into a happy hunting ground for the pair when they captured the International Challenge there just three months after their Hyderabad Open triumph.
Pang Ron-Yee See’s purple patch continued when they secured another title at the Bangladesh International Challenge.
These victories propelled them to the status of being the fourth ranked mixed doubles pair in the country behind Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (world No 7), Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (world no 9) and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (world no 10).
Pang Ron’s injury could not be more untimely as he and Yee See were looking to catch up with their more senior compatriots.
The pair’s absence from tournaments will result in them dropping down the rankings but Pang Ron is not throwing in the towel just yet.
“I just hope to recover faster and get back on court. When I return, I am targeting the semi-finals and finals of higher tier tournaments like the Super 300 events with Yee See.
Achieving such results will boost our confidence further, ” said a determined Pang Ron, who admitted recovery will take some time.
“I don’t want a recurrence of the injury. I want to make sure I’m fully recovered before getting back on court, ” he said.
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