Thursday October 11, 2012
Hoon-Tan are good role models for other pairs, says Kim Her
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: Doubles coach Tan Kim Her believes national No. 2 pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are role models when it comes to forming a good partnership.
The 25-year-old Thien How has combined with many different players in the past, among them Tan Boon Heong, Chan Chong Ming, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Ong Soon Hock.
But the stocky shuttler never really found a permanent partner until he teamed up with Wee Kiong since the Asian Championships this year.
The pair have hit it off convincingly, reaching the semi-finals of the Japan Open last month and moving up to 19th in the world rankings.
Kim Her believes the duo’s good understanding is something the other national shuttlers can learn from.
“I’m quite impressed with Thien How and Wee Kiong as it hasn’t been that long since they were paired,” said Kim Her.
“They’ve only played 9-10 tournaments so far but their results are creditable and they are moving steadily up the rankings.
“Besides their good attitude in training, they are also very close and help each other when it comes to solving problems.
“They have a good working relationship and that’s the most important thing in doubles.
“Thien How, especially, has been really impressive now that he has a partner he’s happy with.”
Yesterday, Thien How-Wee Kiong started their Pahang Open campaign in Kuantan where they beat Mohd Razif Latif-Mohd Razif Rahman (Nse) 21-12, 21-10.
In the men’s singles, top seed Liew Daren and fourth seed Misbun Ramdan Misbun both stayed on course for a semi-final clash after clearing their second-round matches easily.
Daren defeated Selangor’s Woon Kok Hong 21-17, 21-15 while Ramdan stopped Negri Sembilan’s Dinesh Velan 21-18, 21-15.