PETALING JAYA: The Tokyo Olympics may be out of reach for Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See, but the door is wide open for them to qualify for another major event – the World Championships.
And the world No. 26 do not want to miss out on the opportunity to make the trip to Huelva, Spain from Nov 29-Dec 5.
Pang Ron-Yee See are currently ranked 15th in the Race to Huelva standings, which is a separate ranking system for a period from Jan 1-Sept 5 to determine the list of qualifiers for the world meet.
They however, have to beat three seasoned independent pairs – Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, who are ahead of them now in seventh, eighth and 12th respectively – for possibly the third slot.
A country can qualify a maximum four singles or pairs only if all are ranked in the top eight.
Beyond that, the country representation will be limited to three for top 24 and two for top 150.
Pang Ron admitted that making the World Championships debut was one his biggest goals of the year.
“It will be very, very special for me if I can accomplish it because the world meet is one of the biggest tournaments that I’ve always dreamt of, ” said Pang Ron.
But Pang Ron was quick to point out that he and Yee See needed to improve on their consistency, as they have been struggling to live up to their status as the top-ranked combination in the national squad.
Pang Ron-Yee See found themselves in the limelight following the departure of seniors Soon Huat-Shevon and Kian Meng-Pei Jing in February and did well in the Asian leg of World Tour in Bangkok.
They defeated world No. 8 Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Widjaja of Indonesia en route to the semi-finals of the Thailand Open II, and a week earlier, they gave eventual champions Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand a run for their money for 69 minutes before going down in three games in the first round.
They failed to replicate the form in Europe, exiting in the first rounds of the Swiss Open and All-England.
“For sure there’s pressure (being the most senior pair) but we’re learning to cope with it. It’s a process, ” he explained.
“We can’t be good in just one or two tournaments but have to be consistent. Yee See and I aim to become one of the best pairs in the world, we will get there one day.”