Fuzhou: Malaysia’s women’s doubles coach Wong Pei Tty was aiming for successful runs for the women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei ahead of the China Open (Nov 14 to Nov 19) and Hong Kong Open (Nov 21 to Nov 26) as they stepped up preparations in the training camp.
According to Wong, she was not expecting Hoo/Woon to win the title, but would like the pair to at least create some surprises and get some wins.
“They’ve been out for a long time, and haven’t win any championships which has led to rust on the court for the pair. They didn’t play well and lost to Huang Dongping-Li Yinhui in the first round of Denmark Open. However, despite their loss to the Japanese pair in the first round of French Open, they have shown fighting spirit to complete against Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto,” said Wong.
Hoo/Woon did not participate in any tournaments after Hoo suffered an abdominal muscle injury during the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.
“For their actions in Denmark and France, we did not judge them strictly on wins and losses. We were more focused on their strength and weaknesses, and I noticed they were struggling to counter their opponent’s playing style and they also need to improve their fitness and to be able to make some quality shots,” added Wong.
When asked why she pulled both Hoo and Woon out of the Macau Open last week, the former women’s doubles player said both players required more time to prepare for the China and Hong Kong Open.
The China Open, which begins tomorrow, will see Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei face-off against Taiwanese pair Chiang Kai Hsin-Hung Shih Han in the first round of main draw on Wednesday.