What happened between badminton duo Pearly Tan and M Thinaah?
SHAH ALAM - In badminton, where partnerships are pivotal, attention gravitates towards the performance of women's doubles pair Pearly Tan and M. Thinaah.
National badminton fans had speculated that there was something amiss between Pearly and Thinaah after the 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallists barely spoke to each other en route to losing 11-21, 21-15, 20-22 to South Koreans Jeong Na Eun-Kim Hye Jeong in the first round of the China Masters on Nov 22.
Hannah Yeoh's insights
During the Deepavali and Cultural Night celebration in Segambut, Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh addressed the duo's recent setbacks, particularly after their first-round loss at the China Masters.
She expressed optimism about the pair's ability to resolve any misunderstandings and overcome challenges, affirming her confidence in their partnership.
Coach Hon Thien How's perspective
Hon Thien How, the national women's doubles head coach, stressed the normalcy of ups and downs in doubles partnerships.
He encouraged open communication and viewed any arguments as a sign of their competitive spirit.
Thien How also noted their recent one-week break from training.
Future prospects and improvements
Highlighting the duo's successes, including reaching the finals of the Malaysia Masters and Hong Kong Open, Thien How remains positive about their future.
He suggests tactical improvements and focuses on strengthening Pearly's core muscles for better explosiveness.
Pearly and Thinaah's achievements
Pearly and Thinaah have secured notable titles, reinforcing their global standing:
- 2023 Malaysia Masters Super 500: Runners-up
- 2023 Hong Kong Open Super 500: Runners-up
- 2022 National Sports Awards: National Women's Team recognition
- 2022 French Open Super 750: Winners
- 2021 Swiss Open Super 300: Winners