Fight like there’s no tomorrow, Flandi tells Sze Fei-Izzuddin


High spirits: Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin will play Christo Popov-Toma Junior Popov of France in the first round of the Swiss Open.

PETALING JAYA: One needs to go the extra mile to beat top 10 pairs in the world.

And this is what men’s doubles head coach Flandi Limpele will be expecting from Malaysia’s second ranked pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani in the Swiss Open in Basel from March 2-7.

“To beat top 10 pairs, our players need extra and superb fighting spirit, ” said Flandi.

“And of course, they need to have strong weapon in the game and discipline too but without good fight, it will be difficult.

“The plan is simple, for us to practise hard and minimise weaknesses. I want our pairs to fight like they are really hungry for a win, ” he said.

The world No. 27 Sze Fei-Izzuddin showed a glimpse of their potential when they upstaged former world champions Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol of South Korea in the first Thailand Open in Bangkok last month en route to reaching the quarter-finals.

In the second Open at the same venue, they however, failed to clear the early rounds.

In the Swiss Open, they have been drawn to play against Christo Popov-Toma Junior Popov of France in the first round. If they win, their second round opponents should be sixth seeds and world No. 15 Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark.

The other Badminton Association of Malaysia pairs in the fray are national No. 1 and top seeds Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong.

“I’ll be happy if one of them reach the final but a semi-final finish is also fine with me – for now, ” said Flandi.

The tournament will also be participated by independent shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin.

The chances are better for Malaysia as China, South Korea and Japan are not sending teams for the tournament while Indonesia’s top pairs have pulled out from the meet.

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