STRATEGISE: Coach tells duo to go aggressive as they are poor in defence
MEN'S doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong must adopt an all out attacking strategy if they hope to win a medal in the Olympics as their coach Pang Cheh Chang feels the time is too short to do much about their poor defence.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong's below par defence has seen them suffer heavy defeats at the hands of the world's top four -- Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China, South Korean pairs Jung Jae Sug-Lee Yong Dae and Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong and Denmark's Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen and Cheh Chang believes "attacking" is the only thing that can help them in London.
Cheh Chang said Kien Keat-Boon Heong are aware of their weaknesses and are finding hard to beat the top pairs who not only have a consistent attacking game but also possess sound defence and quality service which give them the edge.
"Their attacking has improved but they are still weak in defence. The top pairs have learnt to make it difficult for them by reducing their attacking options but Kien Keat-Boon Heong must keep trying.
"They must always find a way to attack as they still have a chance to win a medal in London," said Cheh Chang.
"They did well against weaker pairs until the quarter-finals in the Indonesia Open last week when Boe-Mogensen restricted their attacking abilities. Once the Danes took over the attack, Kien Keat-Boon Heong couldn't match them.
"Kien Keat-Boon Heong must find ways to maintain their attacking game throughout a match. They must also improve their service as this will give them better attacking options.
"If they can work on these two aspects, there is a chance to overcome the top pairs."
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked World No 8, are unseeded for the Olympics and the draw on July 23 will offer a clearer picture of how far they can advance in London.