KUALA LUMPUR: BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann wants Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik to go for the men’s doubles gold at the Philippines Sea Games after two impressive wins at the ongoing China Open in Fuzhou.
World No 14 Aaron-Wooi Yik stunned reigning world champions Muhammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 21-13, 22-20 in the quarter-finals yesterday.
The Malaysians will play world No 4 Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda of Japan in the last four today.
On Thursday, Aaron-Wooi Yik had eliminated another Indonesian pair — Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto, who are favourites to win gold at the Philippines Sea Games from Nov 30-Dec 11.
And that has got Choong Hann excited.
Speaking to Timesport yesterday, Choong Hann said: “These wins are important for Aaron-Wooi Yik as it comes right before the Sea Games.
“We know Indonesia have named Fajar-Rian for the Games and they are favourites.
“But, if Aaron-Wooi Yik can ride on their performance in China, then they should go for gold at the Sea Games.”
Aaron-Wooi Yik, however, have not been entirely consistent, losing in the early rounds of their last two tournaments.
In fact, their last quarter-final appearance was at the Taiwan Open in September.
“Yes, they have not been consistent but they have worked really hard in training to be where they are right now,” said Choong Hann.
“They need to focus on that and play with direction. That is crucial.
“Looking at their performance in the China Open, you can see that Aaron-Wooi Yik are more daring to attack from the middle and front court.
“It’s not all about winning, but the mind set. If they can focus on that, they can go far.”