PETALING JAYA. After winning the Bright Up Cup in Jakarta on Friday, independent pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ai Yee have been challenged to end the year on a high note.
The Bright Up Cup may have been an invitation-only tournament, but doubles coach Chin Ei Hui believes it was a good build-up ahead of the Australian Open in Sydney, which starts on Tuesday, and the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou on December 14. 18.
Eei Hui wants Yew Sin-Ee Yi to ride the momentum.
“For me, the Bright Up Cup was a very good warm-up for Yu Hsin-Ei Yi before bigger tasks. After that, I want them to do well in the Australian Open and it will also give them an extra boost ahead of the World Tour Finals,” said Ei Hui.
In the Bright Up Cup, which was played in a unique one-game and 25-point group format, Yu Hsin-Ei Yi emerged as the champion, defeating No. 1 pairs and Malaysia’s Aaron Chia-Nur Izuddin Rumsan (25-19). Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian-Pramudya Kusumawardana (25-23) and compatriots Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (25-22).
Yew Sin-Ee Yi collected US$14,000 (RM65,807) for their efforts, while runner-up Fajar-Pramudy took home US$12,000 (RM56,406).
The Malaysian pair, ranked No. 8 in the world, will be looking to continue this form in Sydney and bounce back from their disappointing quarter-final exit at the hands of South Korea’s Choi Seol-gyu-Kim Won-ho (No. 15). The French Open two weeks ago.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi will open her campaign in Sydney against counterpart Boon Sin Yuan-Wong Tien Si.
Meanwhile, Aaron and Izuddin finished bottom of the group in the Bright Up Cup, losing to all three other couples.
They were married after Aaron’s regular partner, So Woo-yik, came down with the flu.
National Doubles Coaching Director Rexy Mainaki, however, confirmed that Wu Yik will be able to play in the World Tour Finals.
“Wu Yik didn’t feel well before the competition, but it’s just the flu. He will be able to participate in Guangzhou. It was a good experience for Aaron and Izuddin to play against the Indonesian pairs,” said Rexy.
Reigning world champion Aaron-Wui Yik will miss the Australian Open and will now fully focus on the World Tour Finals as it will be their last tournament of the year.