Sze Fei-Izzuddin's badminton season ends early

KUALA LUMPUR: BA of Malaysia (BAM) doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky confirmed that men's duo Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani were withdrawn from the Super 300 Hylo Open following their disappointing form at the recent Denmark Open and French Open.

The Indonesian said the decision to pull several pairs, including Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun and newly crowned French Open champions Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah, out of the German event was either a reward or punishment, depending on their recent showings.

"We sent Sze Fei-Izzuddin to Europe to try and qualify for the World Tour Finals (Guangzhou) in December, but they failed to do it. As a result, we decided to bring them home to focus on preparing them for the Malaysia Open in January.

"The same goes for Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun.

"We have major sponsors now, and we have a responsibility to perform.

"You don't move up the world rankings just by playing in tournaments. You need to produce results," Rexy said.

At the Super 750 Denmark Open, world No 10 Sze Fei-Izzuddin crashed out in the first round after losing to Taiwan's Lee Yang-Lu Chen. In Paris, they lost in the second round to Indonesia's Muhammad Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana.

Similarly, world No 20 Wei Chong-Kai Wun fell in the first round of the Denmark Open to Shohibul-Fikri, before crashing out in the second of the French Open after losing to eventual champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty of India.

As for Pearly-Thinaah, not only did they move up to No 10 on the world ranking, but the Commonwealth Games gold medallists have also secured their spot in the season-ending World Tour Finals on Dec 14-18.

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