Different mission: Lee Wan Wah (left) and Choong Tan Fook.

Wednesday January 19, 2011
Different strokes for veterans Tan Fook and Wan Wah
VETERANS and former doubles champions Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook have different mission in Malaysia Open.

Wan Wah will stay competitive, this time with old buddy, Chan Chong Ming while Tan Fook has a new role as coach of the Hong Kong team.

Tan Fook, who officially began work with Hong Kong last November, said that he was enjoying his new position.
“It is challenging because it’s all so new to me and I am trying to get adjusted,” he said.

“I have not set any high targets on the doubles players (both men and women). I want them to give their best here. It is still early days but I hope to raise their standard.”

As for Wan Wah, he said that he had not lost his zeal to play on and would seek fresh fortunes with Chong Ming. And with Fleet coming in a big way to sponsor the duo, Wan Wah hopes that good fortunes will come their way.

“I wanted to play on while Chong Ming’s partner (Chew Choon Eng) has decided to stop. So, it gave Chong Ming and I the perfect opportunity to start as a pair,” said Wan Wah.

“I played a match partnering Chong Ming in a group tie of the 2002 Thomas Cup Finals in Guangzhou. We are back together after eight years.

”We have signed up a deal with Fleet. If we do well this year, our contract will be extended to a second year. We are happy with our six-figure sponsorship boost.

“We have also qualified for the South Korea Open next week. We are looking forward to doing well.”

In the first round of the Malaysia Open today, they will take on South Korea’s third ranked pair Cho Gun-woo-Kwon Yi-goo.

For the record, Wan Wah was the Malaysia Open champion with Tan Fook in 2004 while Chong Ming won it with Koo Kien Keat in 2006.