Badminton: Ee Wei in a happy place as she begins her journey with Pang Ron


PETALING JAYA: Domestic mixed doubles shuttle Toh Ee Wei is happy where she is as she embarks on a new journey with Hoo Pang Ron.

The 21-year-old joined the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last year after leaving for a short period and is now happy to be with her friends and teammates.

“I am happy here. My friends and teammates treat me well. Everything is going well under coach Rexy Mainaky (national director of doubles coaches),” said Ee Wei.

She was a women’s doubles player when she left BAM but returned to play mixed doubles.

Ee Wei will begin her third different partnership with SEA Games silver medalist Pang Ron after being paired with Choong Hon Jian and veteran Chan Peng Soon previously.

The youngster did well with Hon Jian last year winning three lower level tournaments on the trot – the Polish Open, Slovenian International and Austrian Open.

Hong Jian-Ee Wei was then surprisingly separated, and she was paired up with Peng Soon to try out a new combination, but it didn’t pay off.

Peng Soon-Ee Wei failed to make it past the early rounds this year at the Orleans and Korea Masters.

Now Ee Wei will look to do better with Pang Ron.

The duo are set to play together for the first time in the Indonesian Masters from June 7-12 in Jakarta.

Ee Wei admitted that it would take time for her and Pang Ron to gel.

“We have to slowly get used to each other because we are a new combination. So far, things are going well between us in training,” Ee Wei said.

Pang Ron-Ee Wei will open his campaign in Indonesia against Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung from Hong Kong.

A win could pit them against another pair from Hong Kong and double World Championship bronze medalists Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet.

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