Lee Yang-Chi-lin drop Games winners’ tag and hope to start winning again

Under pressure: Taiwan’s Lee Yang (front) and Wang Chi-lin were beaten convincingly by Malaysia’s independent combination Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi. — Bernama

TAIWAN pair Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin have struggled to find their footing since winning the country’s first Olympic Games gold last year.

The overnight stardom as the men’s doubles winners in Tokyo did more damage than good as they have not won anything or had any significant results to show for almost a year now.

Frustrated with the situation, Lee Yang-Chi-lin want to remove the Olympics winners’ tag from their mind and approach events just as any normal pair would do. After failing in last year’s World Championships, where they crashed out in the last eight, they have been unable to reach the final of any world tours since then.

“Everyone started taking notice and know our game (after Olympics). I don’t want to think that we are Olympics champions but just ordinary players,” said Chi-lin.

“We just want to try and win our matches. We want to play well on court without thinking too much about the result. We want to improve basic things like service, attacking shots and defence. We just want to be ourselves.”

The pair were beaten convincingly by Malaysia’s independent combination Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi but Lee Yang-Chi-lin have gotten used to such results and they don’t want to remain stuck in the rut for too long.

While they are trying everything to avoid being branded as one-hit wonders, Lee Yang-Chi-lin are also trying not to rush into things.

A more decent result in the Malaysian Masters next week will do for them at the moment.

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Taiwan , Lee Yang , Wang Chi-lin , Malaysian Open


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