Wei Chong-Kai Wun relish stiffer tests on World Tour next year

Quite a pair so far: Man Wei Chong (right) and Tee Kai Wun (left) with their coach Tan Bin Shen after winning the Welsh Open.

PETALING JAYA: Up-and-coming men’s doubles pair Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun are relishing the bigger challenge of playing regularly on the World Tour starting next year.

Despite just being paired up this year, Wei Chong-Kai Wun have raked in three lower-tier titles out of the five finals they reached.

They won the Polish Open, Spanish International and Irish Open, and came in runners-up at the Welsh Open and Czech Open.

These fine results catapulted them from No. 270 to No. 64 in the world ranking, paving the way for them to make the cut for the two forthcoming World Tour-level competitions in India - the fourth-tier Syed Modi International in Lucknow from Jan 18-23 and fifth-tier Odisha Open (Jan 25-30) in Cuttack.

Wei Chong-Kai Wun are also the fourth-highest ranked pair in the country behind No. 7 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, No. 11 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and No. 17 Nur Izzuddin Rumsani-Goh Sze Fei.

“It’s been a satisfying first season for Wei Chong and I together,” said Kai Wun of his partnership with Wei Chong.

“But there were some events that we felt we could have done better but let slip our title-winning chances.

“We’re certainly happy with the progress made thus far, but we want to march even further next year.

“We’re grateful to be ranked high enough to get a place in the World Tour events, and it’s time to raise the bar.

“Obviously, the competition we face will also get stronger from now on, but I believe we are up for it and can take on the big boys.

“If we don’t have the confidence and faith in ourselves, then it’s better for us to call it a day.

“The higher the tournament level is, the more ranking points will be up for grabs. That will be the motivation for us to replicate the success we had in the lower-tier circuit.

“The goal is to get into the top 30 as soon as we can, so that we’re able to play in the top-tier World Tour meets.”

Wei Chong-Kai Wun will be hoping to capitalise on the absence of many top-ranked pairs and go far in the two tournaments.

For the Syed Modi International, they are seeded ninth.

World No. 10 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty, Yew Sin-Ee Yi and Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov are the only three world top 20 competitors in the fray.

The list of participants for the Odisha Open will only be released on Friday, but the field’s strength is expected to be much weaker and this should open up the opportunity for Wei Chong-Kai Wun to contend for victory.

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