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Pre-dawn smashing drill for Aaron-Wooi Yik, Pearly-Thinaah

KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning world champions Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and top women's doubles Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah are in fine shape ahead of the World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Dec 7-11.

Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky told the press that both pairs have been putting in the extra work, including starting training as early as 5am.

This week, he intends to work on their mindset and self-motivation.

"Both pairs are in good shape, no injuries, nothing. Let's just hope nothing happens between now and then.

"Aaron-Wooi Yik and Pearly-Thinaah have been coming in early for training to do some additional work. They train for an hour and a half from 5am, and then again with the rest of the team.

"We look forward to the World Tour Finals because we have done everything. It is all down to their mindset and self-motivation now.

"I intend to focus on that this week," said the former Olympic champion.

Rexy also pointed out that he had warned both pairs to be wary of the tough challenge they will face in Bangkok.

"This is the World Tour Finals, where the eight best pairs will play. As the eighth pair to qualify in both the men's and women's doubles, I have warned them about the tough challenge they will face.

"They have to be ready. Trust in themselves that they have prepared well.

"Realistically, as world champions, Aaron-Wooi Yik should aim to be champions. I don't think anyone would go to the World Tour Finals and say they just want to reach the semi-finals.

"Surely everyone is going there to be champions, so yes, this goes to Pearly-Thinaah too," added Rexy.

Pearly-Thinaah hit top form this year when they bagged the Super 750 French Open title in October.

Aaron-Wooi Yik and Pearly-Thinaah will leave for the World Tour Finals on Dec 4.

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