Aaron-Wooi Yik need to get back winning mentality

KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning world men's doubles champions Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik do not want to make excuses for their poor form in recent tournaments.

While acknowledging that much needs to be done after back-to-back early exits at the German Open (Super 300), All England (Super 1000) and Swiss Open (Super 300) recently, Aaron admitted that it is easier to point out mistakes than to actually solve them on court.

Speaking to the press after training today, Aaron said: "Surely, there are problems because we are losing and not winning.

"However, I would like to explain that it is not so simple to rectify these issues compared to addressing them.

"As players, coaches and support team, we know we must improve on many areas, but executing the solutions on the court is not easy.

"To add to our woes, we have been losing a lot, and that itself is a problem because when you do not win, you feel demotivated.

"Wooi Yik and I have discussed what we need to do. We will wait until the coaches are back (from tournaments) to discuss this further.

"We just need to keep at it and regain our winning mentality."

Since winning the world crown last year, the world No 2 have made very little headway on the international stage.

For the record, Aaron-Wooi Yik are still without an Open title.

On whether there is pressure on them or if the hectic tournament schedule is causing a burnout, Aaron added: "I don't think so. I wouldn't want to make excuses for our poor performance.

"As professional athletes, we have to accept these challenges. Where is the motivation if we do not feel tired or feel no pressure?

"Our next tournament is the Badminton Asia Championships and the Sudirman Cup. We have about two weeks to prepare ourselves.

"Right after that is the Malaysia Masters and a few other tournaments which will offer Olympic qualifying points. We have to look ahead and regain our winning ways."

For the Sudirman Cup in Suzhou, China on May 14-21, Malaysia are in Group C with Taiwan, India and Australia.

On Malaysia's chances at the world mixed team championship, Aaron said: "It's not an easy group.

"We will be putting up our strongest team. We must give our best and hope for the results to follow."

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