Badminton: French Open champions Pearly-Thinaah deserve a rest, says coach

Badminton: French Open champions Pearly-Thinaah deserve a rest, says coach

PETALING JAYA: Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah, after having achieved their objectives in Europe, have withdrawn from the Hylo Open which began in Saarbrucken, Germany yesterday.

The doubles pair not only won their biggest title of their career – the French Open – in Paris on Sunday, they have also qualified for the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou (Dec 14-18).

National doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky said three consecutive tournaments may take a toll on Pearly, who is returning from a hamstring tear suffered in the Japan Open in Osaka in August.

“Their aim was to qualify for the World Tour Finals and they did they splendidly by winning the French Open. They deserve a rest,” said Rexy.

“Pearly has just come back from injury and although she feels good, we need to be cautious as three consecutive tournaments will be too heavy for her.

“Both will take it easy for the next few days and will return home on Friday. The break also will help give them sufficient time to prepare for the World Tour Finals.”

Pearly-Thinaah were supposed to play Holland’s Debora Jille-Cheryl Seinen in the first round.

Meanwhile, independent pair Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien will also be hoping to the qualify for the Finals as they are currently ranked ninth and need to move into the top eight.

A good run in the Hylo Open will help their cause. They will play India’s Simran Singh-Ritika Thaker in the first round today.

Women’s singles shuttler Goh Jin Wei will be aiming for better fortunes after losing in the preliminary round of the Indonesia Masters and Indonesia International Challenge in Malang last month.

However, the independent player will not have it easy as she is up against experienced Thai player Pornpawee Chochuwong in today’s opener.

Independent pair Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong are the only men’s doubles in the tournament and they will take on Lucas Corvee-Ronan Labar of France in the first round.

The mixed doubles event will also be interesting as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) pair Hoo Pang Ron-Toh Ee Wei will take on sixth seeded independent pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie.

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