Flandi the right fit for our doubles players

  • Badminton
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Endurance over skills. That’s what our men’s doubles shuttlers can expect from incoming head coach Flandi Limpele.

The 46-year-old Indonesian is said to be a coach who places a lot of emphasis on fitness, according to his former player Chirag Shetty.

Chirag, who is ranked world No. 10 with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, explained how he and his partner had blossomed through Flandi’s training approach.

While their previous coach Tan Kim Her helped them polish their skills, Flandi completed Chirag-Satwiksairaj’s overall game by improving their fitness.

“Tan’s programme was more about on-court training, but for Flandi, it’s more about building your endurance, ” said Chirag as quoted in the Olympicchannel.com“We do a lot more running and physical sessions, challenging our bodies. Now, we are a lot fitter.

“His training is all about making sure that we can last the distance even if the matches go on and on.

“That’s really helped us, especially in matches where we have played three games, with all the three going the distance.”

If this is indeed what Flandi brings to the national team, then it could probably help national No. 1 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik to take their endurance level up by a notch.

Aaron-Wooi Yik have always seemed to run out of gas during crucial stages.

For instance, three of their recent five defeats to China’s Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen, the 2018 world champions, went all the way to the rubber game, lasting about an hour each.

At the Hong Kong Open last November, they lost 17-21,21-19,21-13. The other two losses were 21-19,15-21,9-21 at the Indonesian Open and 21-18,14-21,22-24 at the Sudirman Cup.

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