Malaysians Man Wei Chong and Tee Kai Wun are not getting too excited after ending the challenge of higher-seeded compatriots Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik in the CLASH OF CLANS Arctic Open 2023 powered by YONEX first round.
Their 21-11 21-18 straight games win over the second seeds also halted their run of opening match defeats at the last three HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments. Man was keen to play down the significance of their result.
“I guess there wasn’t much pressure on us because they are our seniors and among the top seeds here. We were able to give our best without overthinking,” he said. “There’s a bit of excitement of course but it’s only one match so we can’t get ahead of ourselves and lose focus.”
The last time Man and Tee cleared the first round, they went all the way at the Taipei Open in June. The world No.23s, also runners-up at the Malaysia Masters a month earlier, have however exited in the first round at six of seven other World Tour events.
“We haven’t been consistent enough. We win some, then we lose some. It’s been up and down really,” admitted the 24-year-old Man ahead of their second round bout against Keiichiro Matsui/Yoshinori Takeuchi. “So our focus in training has been geared towards lasting longer at tournaments. We want to build on these victories.”
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