Doubles medal target

Doubles medal target
OPTIMISTIC: Singapore’s badminton doubles specialist Danny Chrisnanta (below, left) believes the Republic are capable of winning a medal at next month’s Asian Games in South Korea.

After creating history at the Commonwealth Games, Singapore's shuttlers turn their attention towards a daunting assignment - the Asian Games.

The Games will be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19 to Oct 4, and with world-class shuttlers from China, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and the hosts all hungry for medals, many of the nations who enjoyed success in badminton at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Scotland will struggle to make an impression in the Asiad.

Singapore's doubles specialist Danny Chrisnanta, though, believes one of the Republic's pairs can achieve a surprise podium finish in South Korea.

Speaking to The New Paper at the Singapore Badminton Association's homecoming yesterday at the Singapore Badminton Hall, Chrisnanta said: "I think it's possible to get a medal at the Asian Games."

BUOYED

Clearly, the 25-year-old was buoyed by the silver he claimed in the men's doubles, with Chayut Triyachart, and a bronze in the mixed team event.

Chrisnanta and Triyachart are ranked world No. 32 in the men's doubles, and his mixed doubles partnership with Vanessa Neo is 10th in the world.

Women's doubles tandem Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei are the world's 15th-best.

"We can compete against the best, and we can even beat them," insisted Chrisnanta, who has partnered Neo in beating higher-ranked pairings like Thailand's world No. 8 Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam, and Indonesia's world No. 9 Markis Kido and Pia Bernadeth this year.

He added: "We just need to be more consistent. In any competition, the winners are always the ones who can handle the pressure best and take risks at the right time.

"At the moment, we are missing little things that are not easy to find.Some of these things are mental, which you get only when you win big competitions. It's not something that's easy to learn, and the world-class players already have that.

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