HAVING seen what national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky has achieved by pairing Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, new scratch pairs Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Latif and Gan Teik Chai-Lin Woon Fui can only feel excited.
The four readily admit that they, with their former partners, were heading nowhere and agree with the decision to find them new partners.
Fairuzizuan was previously Woon Fuiís partner while Teik Chai was with Zakry.
Their best achievements in a top level tournament was both pairs making the 2006 All England semi-finals.
Rexy Mainaky is once again ready to apply his midas touch with the new scratch pairs and both the new pairs Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Latif and Gan Teik Chai-Woon Fui have promised to give their best and will do whatever it takes to get where Rexy has taken Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.
Both pairs have been unproductive and that has prompted Rexy to the swap and see how far the lads will go.
Fairuzizuan views the change as one that could revive his career.
''As a pair, Woon Fui and I havenít progressed much. All that we have achieved are mostly semi-final and quarter-final finishes.''
''This has been frustrating,'' said Fairizizuan.
''I have partnered Zakry before, in the satellite championship.''
''In fact, we have grown up together as I have been playing against him since we were 13-year-olds. We discussed the change with the coach and having listened to him, I believe this is a very good strategy.''
The split wonít affect the new pairsí chances of playing in the Super Series tournaments as their ranking with their previous partners was in the top 20.
Zakry-Teik Chai are currently ranked 13th while Fairuzizuan-Woon Fui are 19th.
What prompted the split was their performances in the All England and Swiss Open, with both pairs failing to even reach the semi-finals of either tournament.
For Teik Chai, the new partnership is an avenue to improve and whatever results that come their way will be taken positively.
''I am happy with the new formation. I think we can compliment each other well,'' said Teck Chai.
What Malaysia will be waiting to see is whether the new pairs can become as lethal as Kien Keat-Boon Heong have been. (nst.com.my)