PETALING JAYA: Take your chances well next time to win matches.
This is the advice given by national men’s doubles coach Tan Bin Shen to newly formed pair Wan Arif Junaidi-Yap Roy King after they had wasted a good opportunity to reach their first final.
Arif-Roy King threw away a 10-5 lead in the third game to go down 15-21, 21-18, 16-21 to Indonesia’s Alfian Eko-Ade Yusuf in the last four of the Vietnam International Challenge on Saturday.
Bin Shen wants them to learn from the harsh lesson. It was their third outing together since being paired last month after Arif had split with Mohd Haikal Nazri.
“Arif and Roy King had the chance to win the match but they allowed their opponents to close the gap in the third game,” said Bin Shen. “I hope they can learn from this experience. They need to reflect on the mistakes they made while leading.
“They need to change the way they think on court and believe that they can overcome their weaknesses next time.”
Bin Shen, though, believes that the duo were slowly finding their feet.
“I can see that their combination and understanding are good,” said Bin Shen.”
Roy King also believes that there is more to come from him and Arif after their best finish together so far.
The pair had lost out in the second round and quarter-finals of the recent Thailand International Challenge and China Masters respectively.
“So far, I feel that my performances with Arif have been average and I believe I can do better. We are still adapting to each other’s games,” said Roy King, who will compete in the Osaka International Challenge next Wednesday with Arif.