The higher the expectations, the greater the disappointment when you don’t make it. National badminton player Soh Wooi Yik (苏伟译) was recently seen expressing his frustration after their match during the 2021 French Open ended badly.
Soh and his partner Aaron Chia (谢定峰) gave it their all during the match. Unfortunately, their opponents, former world champions Ko Sung-hyun (고성현) and Shin Baek-cheol (신백철) snatched the win from them.
The qualifiers for the BWF World Tour Super 750 men’s doubles took place on 31st October. The Summer Olympics bronze winners fought fiercely against the Ko-Shin duo, however their final match sealed their fate. The score was 21-14 and 10-21 for the first two games. In the third game, Malaysia was initially leading 16-11 and cemented their lead in winning 20 points first. Regrettably, at their 19th match point, Ko and Shin staged a comeback.
The game ended in the Korean team’s favour with a score of 22-24. It was frustrating for the Malaysian duo who hadn’t expected such an outcome with their five-point lead. Many left messages mocking the two Malaysian players. The disheartening messages didn’t help Soh’s frustrations with the match. In fact, a teammate photographed him crying bitter tears by his bedside.
National men’s doubles player, Nur Izzuddin Rumsani uploaded the photo to his Instagram story. However, his intention wasn’t to shame his teammate but to provide support. “Tough luck, bro,” he captioned. “Stay strong.” Aaron too voiced his own encouragement to Soh with a post. “From winning to (losing), I think (this) is the most unwanted situation for us. But (facts are facts), we have to go through this ‘again’,” he wrote. “We go through (losing) and we fight again until we (succeed).”
Soh responded to the encouragement with a few black and white photos. “Cheer together, suffer together,” he stated and indirectly thanked Aaron for always having his back in the tags. The national player may have been frustrated with their loss, but he’s clearly started picking himself back up.
Malaysia’s badminton team may be facing great disappointment with their losses, but they are nowhere near to giving up. We hope to see them at their best again on another stage.