Malaysian men’s singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong will head to the upcoming Australian Open (November 15-20) with a target of reversing his recent mini-slump.
Ng should be desperate to end the year on a good note, especially after he crashed out of the Hylo Open first round recently.
National singles coach Hendrawan believes Ng, who faces BWF World Championships runner-up Kunvalut Viditsarn in the first round in Australia, can gain a lot from playing shuttlers who are better than him.
“Ng will meet players who are above him. He will win sometimes and cause an upset, but of course there’ll be times where he will lose too. As long as he learns from each game, I think that is what matters,” said the Indonesian.
Earlier this year the world number 34 displayed his pedigree by taking down big names such as Loh Kean Yew and K.Srikanth in the Commonwealth Games to win silver in the individual event.
However, since then, Ng crashed out twice in the first round and managed one quarter-finals appearance at the Indonesia Masters.
Ng is also likely to be entered for the Bahrain International Challenge from November 29-December 4 in an attempt to secure a spot in the top 32 men's singles shuttlers.
If the Johor-born can achieve that, he will be able to secure an automatic entry at the Malaysia Open in January next year.
Ng is also scheduled to participate at a one-day Bright Up Cup tournament, which begins in Jakarta on Thursday.
Joined by fellow countrymen such as Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and Leong Jun Hao, there are several high profile shuttlers also participating at the tournament including Jonatan Christie, Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo and Sitthikom Thammasin.