KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's second ranked men's doubles badminton pair Chang Kim Wai-Hong Chieng Hun have been warned that they will go into cold storage from international competitions if they perform dismally in the All-England and Swiss Open tournaments.
The prestigious All-England will be held from Feb 12-16 followed by the Swiss Open from Feb 19-23.
National doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock said yesterday that the duo would not get to play in the Korean and Japan Opens in April if they lose to lower ranked pairs in the back-to-back tournaments in Europe.
Kim Wai-Chieng Hun failed to defend their national crown, losing to the top ranked pair of Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng in the final of the National Grand Prix Finals on Sunday.
Kim Hock is gearing up Kim Wai-Chieng Hun to become the second pair for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup Finals next year and he does not want them to take their places in the team for granted.
“Like all other pairs, they will have to prove their worth. The trip to Europe is very important for them. The BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) have spent so much money and they have the responsibility to produce good results,” said Kim Hock.
“We have set targets for them to achieve. If they lose to lower ranked pairs in the All-England and Swiss Open, they will have to stay home and polish up their game.”
Malaysia have two other pairs in the All-England and Swiss Open – Chong Ming-Choon Eng and veterans Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah.
“Chong Ming-Choon Eng has already established themselves as the top pair in the country and they will be out to improve on their second round defeat in the All-England last year,” said Kim Hock.
“Tan Fook-Wan Wah are on the comeback trail and we will continue to monitor their performances and attitude in competitions.”
The 27-year-old Kim Wai said that they would be out to give a good account themselves in the All-England and Swiss Open.
“Chieng Hun and I are aware of our coaches' expectation and we will give our best to achieve it. We do not want to lose to lower ranked players in these two tournaments. Our aim is to upset the higher ranked pairs,” said Kim Wai.
“During the national meet, we did not play our best. There are still weaknesses in our combinations. We failed to capitalise on our strong points because we followed the pace set by Chong Ming-Choon Eng. We will try to improve on this.”
Kim Wai-Chieng Hun are currently ranked 72nd in the world.