KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia have the top seeds in two events for the first time in the world badminton championships. And for the first time too, formidable China have none at the top for the championships scheduled for Aug 10-16 in Hyderabad.
But national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said that it was nothing really to get excited over the seedings released yesterday.
He hoped that the top billings and also strong seedings in the other events would not put undue pressure on the players in their bid to nail an elusive world title.
Lee Chong Wei and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty are the top seeds for the men’s singles and women’s doubles respectively.
And the men’s pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who won the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold last month, are the second seeds after moving up from fourth spot in the world rankings behind world and Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.
“It looks good on Malaysia to have good seedings in several events but it’s all about doing well to win matches and titles,” said Rexy.
He added that Eei Hui-Pei Tty were well aware of where they stood even though they were the world No. 1.
“They have achieved some breakthroughs but they know that pairs from China are still better. This realisation is good as they will have a stronger desire to excel,” said Rexy.
The draw for the championships will be made on July 21.
For the men’s doubles, by virtue of being the second seeds, Kien Keat-Boon Heong Koo-Tan will be in the lower half of the draw and Markis-Kido will take the top half. And the real challenge for the top two seeded pairs will begin in the quarter-finals.
“Their best head-to-head count against a top pair is against Markis-Kido. It will be very close with the other top pairs.”
South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung are the fourth seeds. They are the heavy favourites to win the title and Malaysia will certainly be keeping their fingers crossed that the duo will not be drawn in their lower half of the draw.
In the men’s singles, the four players seeded behind Chong Wei are Chen Jin (China), Peter Gade-Christensen (Denmark), Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia) and Lin Dan (China).
Beijing Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan is seeded fifth-eighth and because of the rule to place the top two players of a country in different halves of the draw, Chong Wei could meet the defending champion in the quarter-finals.
“It does not matter whether I meet Lin Dan earlier or later. The important thing is to beat him and stay focused on the task to win the title,” said Chong Wei.