IMPATIENCE has turned out to be Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah’s downfall.
The world No. 10 pair lost 19-21, 14-21 to China’s Zheng Shuxian-Zheng Yu in the second round, thus failing to come good in their maiden appearance in front of their fans.
Hopes were high on the duo after they broke into the top 10 but it was their second exit in the last 16, having also been dumped at the same stage at the recent Indonesian Open.
National doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky said that Pearly-Thinaah need to be more patient in their play to match the best in the game and also need to improve on their physical condition.
“We need to help them work on their strength and endurance. Pearly has also not been at her best since the start of this tournament. She rushed to end the rallies and made easy mistakes. So, these areas need to be improved,” said Rexy.
Pearly admitted she had to pay dearly for her lack of patience.
“It felt so great to play in my country but I seemed hurried in my game,” she said.
“There are still lots of work to be done. Thinaah and I will definitely learn from this and get ready for the Malaysian Masters next week.’’
Indeed, the pair don’t have much time to dwell on their disappointments as they get ready to open their campaign against India’s young pair Tressa Jolly-Gayathri Gopichand in next week’s lower-ranked home meet.