PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Hoo Pang Ron-Toh Ee Wei could benefit from more time in training after a tight schedule of back-to-back tournaments in the past two months.
Pang Ron-Ee Wei, currently ranked No. 67 in the world, were only paired together in early June.
After two months of almost non-stop action in tournaments, they have a month to prepare for their next outing at the Japan Open in Osaka from Aug 30-Sept 5.
And Ee Wei is glad to have more time in training.
“We have about a month since our last tournament – the Taiwan Open – ended. We are really focusing in training and giving 100%. I think having more time to train will benefit us,” said Ee Wei.
She and Pang Ron have been showing steady improvement in their partnership and reached their first semi-final in the Taiwan Open.
The pair had also caught the eye after two quarter-final finishes at the Singapore Open before that and Indonesian Open in June.
Pang Ron-Ee Wei are hoping to continue their upward trajectory in the Japan Open where they will open their campaign against compatriots Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei.
On the match against their own teammates, Ee Wei said: “We are not thinking too much about who we will face, but we will fight and give our all.”
Their tie will not be the only all-Malaysian first-round clash as world No. 11 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing are set to take on veteran Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See.
Both the pairs will be looking to bounce back after missing out on the individual gold at the Commonwealth Games.
In Birmingham, independent pair Kian Meng-Pei Jing won bronze after beating Adam Hall-Julie Macpherson of Scotland 21-15, 21-17.
Fellow independent pair and world No. 14 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie will also be in the fray and will play unheralded Indonesians Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu in the first round.