WO M E N ’S doubles Wong Pei Tty Chin Eei Hui will face serious threats from China’s leading pairs in their bid to capture the All England title but national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky views it as an ideal situation to cement their reputation as a world class pair.
Pei Tty-Eei Hui, theWorld No 2, are expected to meet China’s No 4 Pan Pan-Tian Qing in the second round, followed by Zhao Tingting- Zhang Yawen in the quarter-finals and Olympic champions Du Jing-Yu Yang, the World No 6, in the semis.
This is the toughest draw any pair could have asked for but Rexy said it is better to overcome such tough matches early and, if the Malaysians survive, it would raise their self-belief and more success will follow.
Pei Tty, 28, and Eei Hui, 27, have beaten all three pairs before but Du Jing-Yu Yang have a 4-1 record and the odds will be against the Malaysians in Birmingham on March 3-8.
“It is a good test for Pei Tty-Eei Hui as they must beat three China pairs to reach the final.
“This is unavoidable as they will have to beat these pairs if they want to become champions,” said Rexy.
“At their age, Pei Tty-Eei Hui cannot improve on their skills that much and all they need to do is maintain their physical condition and avoid injuries.