PETALING JAYA. National women’s singles coach James Chua wants S. Kisona will work on his strength after a last-eight finish at the recent Vietnam Open.
Kisona reached his first quarter-final since March before losing 19-21, 7-21 to host Thi Phuong Tran.
James, who began training the 24-year-old in July, admitted he still needed to work on several aspects of his game to progress.
“He’s still a work in progress. His performance at the Vietnam Open was good, but his body was not strong enough in the quarterfinals after he had to play two difficult matches in the first two rounds. So he still needs to work on his strengths. I also feel he needs to improve his skills on the court,” James said.
Kisona fell to three games in the first and second rounds against India’s Anupama Upadhyaya and Myanmar’s Thet Thuzar respectively.
The 2019 Philippine SEA Games gold medalist had seen injuries hamper her progress since then and needed to step up.
He won the Spanish international last year, but has since suffered a dip in form. Kissona reached the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open in March, but failed to get past the first round in all of his tournaments since before the Vietnam Open.
Despite running out of steam in Vietnam in the last eight, Kisona is feeling more positive after climbing three places to 46th from 49th in the latest world rankings.
James wants his charge to slowly regain his confidence as he turns his attention to the Indonesia International Challenge (October 11-16) and Indonesia Masters (October 18-23) in Malang next.
“I hope he can do better in Indonesia than in Vietnam, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. “Instead, I want him to just focus on playing and winning one game at a time,” James said.