Rexy reminds US Open champions Sze Fei-Izzuddin to remain hungry

KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky has advised newly crowned US Open champions Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani to remain hungry and continue making breakthroughs.

In their first tournament since reuniting as a pair, world No 53 Sze Fei-Izzuddin thrashed seventh seeds Lee Fang Chih-Lee Fang Jen of Taiwan 21-9, 21-10 in the final of the Super 300 event at Council Bluffs in Ohio, on Sunday.

The pair also ended Malaysia's 31-year US Open men's doubles title wait, last won by Cheah Soon Kit-Soo Beng Kiang in 1992.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin split in January due to poor results but reunited last month to give their partnership a second shot. Their main goal is to qualify for next year's Paris Olympic Games.

It was also their second World Tour crown after the German Open in March last year.

Rexy hopes Sze Fei-Izzuddin will continue their winning momentum to make up for lost time.

"There is still room for improvement. They were confident throughout their US Open campaign.

"Sze Fei played to his strengths. However, Izzuddin must work on his game to regain his old form.

"They always had hunger and desire. I want the pair to remain hungry and do their best."

Rexy added: "Sze Fei-Izzuddin have no specific areas to improve on but need reminders on how to play during tournaments.

"Players tend to forget what they learn in training. We must keep reminding them of the best way to play during matches," Rexy added.

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