KUALA LUMPUR: World Championships-bound Lee Tsuen Seng was the biggest loser in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Elite Challenge which ended yesterday.
And he could face a similar fate at the world meet if he continues to hold back in training, says national singles chief coach Misbun Sidek.
Tsuen Seng, the Manchester Commonwealth Games runner-up, is one of the three singles players who will compete in the World Championships from July 28-Aug 3 in Birmingham. The others are Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim.
In the 10-day Elite Challenge, Tsuen Seng finished as the number sixth ranked singles player. He lost to Yeoh Kay Bin, Lee Chong Wei and Mohd Roslin Hashim in the individual competition. In the team competition, he got his revenge over Roslin and Kay Bin but suffered a shock defeat to K. Yogendran.
Misbun said that Tsuen Seng should give a better account of himself in training if he harbours hope to of doing well in the world meet.
“Tsuen Seng will remain at this level if he does not go all out in training. He is injury-free and wants to do well but I find that he is holding back and has become quite comfortable with his style of game. He needs to be more open to what I have planned for him,” said Misbun.
“He does well in one tournament and slumps in another. He appears to be a threat to others but that’s as far as he goes. But if he wants to be champion material and go all the way to win at the world meet, he has to change his attitude in training,” added Misbun.
The 23-year-old Tsuen Seng said that his inconsistent form at the Elite Challenge had not dampened his spirit ahead of the world meet.
“I have to admit that the seniors had been under tremendous pressure in this Challenge. It is not easy for us to maintain our positions once we have reached a higher level,” said Tsuen Seng.
“But for the juniors here, they have nothing to lose and they certainly will go all out to give their best. For them, beating a senior is a good start in their badminton career. This Elite Challenge has certainly been challenging for me and it is an eye opener on where I actually stand among the national players.
“I admit that I am not consistent and I have always faced problems doing well at local tournaments. But when I am down in one tournament, I usually bounce back stronger. And I hope to give a better account of myself at the world meet,” he said.
Tsuen Seng is aiming to reach at least the quarter-finals at the world meet.
“I have not been in action in any international tournaments for some time and I am looking forward to the world meet.
“I reached the third round at the previous world meet and I will be out to go at least one step better this time,” added Tsuen Seng, who lost to Denmark's Peter Gade-Christensen in the third round at the world meet in Seville, Spain two years ago.
This year, Tsuen Seng reached the quarter-finals of the All-England in February and won all his matches in the Sudirman Cup in Eindhoven, Holland in March. But in April, he crashed out in the first round of the Japan Open.