Hong Kong badminton star Tse Ying-suet said on Tuesday that the chemistry she has with her mixed doubles partner Jordan Tang is key to getting good results at this month's Asian Games.
Tse said the duo have picked up on their strengths and weaknesses after finishing second at the Hong Kong Open earlier this week. Since this will be her last Asian Games, she hopes the pair will give a great performance.
"We've been partners for seven years now so we know each other very well. I know what he is thinking about just from one expression. When I am in a certain mood or get angry, he will know and comfort me," she said.
"We support each other well, and our communication has gotten stronger. I think the best thing about our partnership is that we understand each other and communicate well."
Tang said the Hong Kong Open made for a great preparation to tackle the Asian Games, though the pair lost 13-21, 19-21 in the final to China's Guo Xinwa and Wei Yaxin. Tang said they'll take it one match at a time in Hangzhou.
"We gained a lot of confidence after the Hong Kong Open because from the beginning to the finals, there were some difficult matches. We would lose in the first round, and then make a comeback afterwards," he said.
"We learned that we can't give up even if we lose a round. We need to be patient when we play. Hopefully, we have the right experience to take on the Asian Games. It is a huge event so there will be pressure."
Another star player, Angus Ng, said he's confident the SAR's shuttlers will bring home medals in various events. He is hoping to follow up his success at the German Open earlier this year, his first World Tour victory in three years.
In individual play, Ng said his target in Hangzhou is to go further than he did at the 2018 event in Jakarta, where he only made it to the quarter-finals.
"I think the German Open really gave me a lot of confidence but I decide to forget about it and just focus on the Asian Games because it's already a long time ago," Ng said.
"I should just focus on the new challenges. For the team event, I will try my best to gain points for my team and for the men's singles, I will just do my best and I hope I can have a breakthrough from the last Asian Games."