Yen Wei faces anxious wait as coaches decide on new partner

Malaysia’s Choong Hon Jian and Peck Yen Wei in action against Taiwan players during the first round of Malaysian open badminton championship at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil yesterday. - S.S.Kanesan/ The Star. (File pix)

PETALING JAYA: National mixed doubles shuttler Peck Yen Wei faces an anxious wait to see who will be her new partner.

Yen Wei is currently without a partner after her previous partner Chen Tang Jie was paired up with Yap Ling.

And the 26-year-old has been told that she will only find out who she will be partnering after she fully recovers from a left ankle injury.

“Currently, my coaches have yet to decide on who will be my new partner. They want me to fully recover from my ankle injury first before having further discussions on this. I have started training on court and my ankle is about 60 to 70% healed. I think it will take another one or two weeks for it to be fully healed,” said Yen Wei.

On whether she had any preferences on her future partner, Yen Wei added: “It’s really not up to me to decide as a few of the players have already been paired up. In this situation, it’s hard for me to choose someone who already has a partner as they will need to be separated. So, the coaches need to decide on who to pair me with.”

So far, doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky and mixed doubles coach Teo Kok Siang have decided to pair up Tang Jie with Yap Ling and also Choong Hon Jian with Go Pei Kee.

Yen Wei had been combined for about three months with Hon Jian (June to August) but their partnership failed to take off.

After that, Yen Wei had been reunited with Tang Jie, whom she had previously played with for more than four years prior to being split in May, for the World Championships at the end of August and Japan Open right after that and given a final opportunity to prove themselves together.

But the duo did not get past the early rounds in both tournaments and were split up for a second time as a result.

In their four-year partnership previously, Tang Jie-Yen Wei also did not really flourish but did capture gold in the Hanoi SEA Games in May and finished runners-up in the Indian Open in January.

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