REMAIN grounded and stay focused is the message Pang Cheh Chang has for men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.
Cheh Chang, who paired the two players four months ago, admitted that they have surpassed his expectations but are now moving into a crucial stage of their partnership.
Getting big-headed is something Cheh Chang wants the players to avoid.
“They are still young, and are currently our best prospects for the 2016 Olympics (Rio de Janeiro).
“This year has been a good year for them. They did well at the Thomas Cup Finals in India, won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and recently a bronze at the Asian Games in Korea.
“V Shem-Wee Kiong must remain grounded, and not get arrogant because of their achievement.
“They are our national No 1 now, yes, but they must remember that they are still not complete, and still have a lot to improve on if they want to reach the top,” Cheh Chang said when met at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara, yesterday.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, both 24, crashed out of the Asian Games semi-finals after losing to World No 1 Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea.
Cheh Chang also urged the players to stay disciplined in looking after their bodies to avoid injuries.
“You must have both experience and physical strength to be a top pair. Both V Shem-Wee Kiong are pretty good physically and they must look after this by staying disciplined.
“What they lack is experience, and they must continue working on their combinations and chemistry on court. This is where I come in to help them.
“Our second pair Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How are very experienced but their physical condition is not good.
“If they can work on that, then there will be good competition in our doubles department.”
The next assignment for the men’s doubles is the Perak Open in Ipoh on Oct 7-12.
V Shem-Wee Kiong and Boon Heong-Thien How will also compete in the French Open on Oct 21-26, before traveling to Germany for the Bitburger Open on Oct 28-Nov 2.