Malaysia have a lot on their plate.
Their top singles player has decided to give the Asian Badminton Championships a miss, their doubles pair, ranked world No. 1, has opted out, while their best bet in women’s singles, Meo Choo Wong, is recovering from heartbreak.
Like most top players, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is busy preparing for the Thomas Cup finals, while ex-girlfriend, Wong, looked off-colour while practising at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Sunday.
The sour break-up left her devastated.
Wong’s started to waver and her ranking dropped from No. 7 to 24. Ask her about the incident and pat comes the reply, “No comments”.
A chat softens her and she begins to open up.
“It was tough,” she said. “It happened last year (December). But if you do not detach yourself, it grows on you, so I decided to move on.”
Malaysia coach, Chang Kim Wai, conceded their chances of winning the title were slim.
“Our top doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Heong (world No.1) has not come. Another pair, Mohd Abid and Mohd Nassri (world No. 11), is busy preparing for the Thomas Cup. We have fielded our second-string team and I don’t expect much from them,” he said.
In this light, Malaysia need, as Jules Winnfield said in the flick Pulp Fiction, “moment of clarity” to live up to their reputation.