PETALING JAYA: The confidence of Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See as a rising mixed doubles pair has skyrocketed after experiencing mixed fortunes in three back-to-back tournaments.
Pang Ron-Yee See lived up to their role as the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) top mixed pair by winning crucial matches that saw Malaysia winning a bronze medal at the Sudirman Cup in Finland.
They defeated two higher-ranked pairs Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith in the group tie against England and upset Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva in the quarter-final tie against Indonesia.
In the Denmark Open, they went down fighting to India’s Dhruv Kapila-Reddy N. Sikki in the opening round. In the French Open, they did give a worthy performance against Japan’s Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino before losing in the second round.
“We lost to the Japanese pair but we gave them a much better fight compared to our easy defeat to them in the Sudirman Cup,” said Pang Ron.
“The last three tournaments have shown Yee See and I that we can give top pairs a good fight.
“The standard is not far. I guess, that has given us the confidence that we had been looking for.”
The world No. 25 Pang Ron-Yee See were thrust into the limelight following the departures of the senior players from BAM.
“We had to play as the top mixed doubles pair and I believe we have justified it to some extent,” he said.
“Of course, we are still learning. Our struggle now is losing focus during the crucial stage of a game, where we tend to give away easy points.
“We need to tighten up our game,” he added.
Pang Ron-Yee See will play in the Hylo Open in Germany starting on Tuesday.
They are in the same quarter with top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.
They will likely play the Thai pair if they win their opening round match against Oliver Leydon-Davis-Anona Pak of New Zealand.
“We are likely to face the Thai pair and hopefully, we can upset them. The most important thing is to play without giving away easy points,” he added.