FORMER worldwide Ong Ewe Hock believes a coach might have made the distinction for Lee Zii Jia in her match towards Japan’s Kodai Naraoka within the first spherical of the Malaysian Open.
The impartial shuttler and world No. 2 that Zii Jia misplaced to world No. 7 Naraoka on Wednesday in his first event after deciding to half methods along with his coach Indonesian Indra Wijaya.
Whereas Zii Jia, who narrowly fell 21-13, 17-21, 19-21 to the rising star, insisted that she doesn’t remorse her resolution to go it alone and not using a coach, the two-time Malaysian Open winner that Ewe Hock felt that the previous would profit from the steering of a coach.
“Having a coach is at all times higher, particularly in an in depth recreation,” stated Ewe Hock.
“A coach can see extra clearly what is going on on the court docket and will help a participant change a recreation by utilizing a special technique.
“Zii Jia actually wants a world-class coach to information him and push him to the next degree.”
Taking a look at his efficiency towards Naraoka, Ewe Hock additionally believes that Zii Jia wants to enhance his psychological energy and confidence in vital moments.
“Now whenever you see, all of the video games are very shut. The distinction is often solely two factors,” stated Ewe Hock.
“So, psychological energy and confidence on the finish of a match is essential.
“Zii Jia must work on these two areas to remain on prime.”
Ewe Hock additionally believes that Zii Jia nonetheless wants time to get used to competing as an impartial participant.
The 24-year-old left the Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) in February final yr to show skilled.
“He wants time to settle as knowledgeable participant. It is not simple as a result of he has to handle all the things himself.
“However he has determined to go it alone and should be ready to face criticism if issues do not go his method,” stated Ewe Hock, who nonetheless believes Zii Jia has the pedigree to turn out to be a daily. who received the title.