15/05/2024 04:49 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) -- The lack of strong mental resilience is seen as one of the main reasons for the national men's doubles pair, Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun, struggling with their performance this year.

Of the seven tournaments they have participated in this year, they have only reached the quarter-finals once, at the 2024 Swiss Open in Basel, Switzerland, before losing to the Indonesian pair, Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin, 14-21, 21-23.

After not being selected for the 2024 Thomas Cup squad in Chengdu, China, Kai Wun said they used the opportunity to strengthen their mental resilience, aiming to perform better at the Malaysia Masters 2024 scheduled for May 21-26.

"So far, our performance hasn't been very good, and we've experienced many ups and downs this year. Now we are focusing on strengthening our mental toughness since we often lose focus suddenly, which is our problem.

"Because of this, we have also consulted with a psychologist (Frederick Tan) to help us address this issue," he told reporters after a training session here today.

Wei Chong expressed hope that they can showcase better performances on home ground after being the runners-up at the Malaysia Masters 2023, where they lost to South Korea's Kang Min Hyuk-Seo Seung Jae, 15-21, 24-22, 19-21.

Although several top pairs in the world are not participating in the Malaysia Masters this time, he is not underestimating the challenge from other pairs who can provide stiff competition at Axiata Arena.

Wei Chong also aspires to win high-tier tournaments such as the Super 750 or Super 1000 in their effort to break into the top 10 pairs in the world by the end of this year.

The national pair will kick off their Malaysia Masters 2024 campaign against Chiang Chien-Wei-Wu Hsuan Yi from Taiwan.

Wei Chong-Kai Wun have not yet won any Super 500 titles or above but have claimed three Super 300 titles, winning the Syed Modi International in 2022 in India and securing back-to-back titles at the Taiwan Open in 2022 and 2023.