Badminton

Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 6:15:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 6:57:42 PM

No more partner swapping, please

Ow Yao Han (right) and Teo Kok Siang in a file photo. The pair will be back together after three months of pairing up with seniors Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem.

Ow Yao Han (right) and Teo Kok Siang in a file photo. The pair will be back together after three months of pairing up with seniors Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem.

NAYPYITAW: Disappointment was written all over the faces of back-up shuttlers Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang after they went down in a whimper in the semi-final of the men’s doubles event at the SEA Games on Friday.

It was not so much because of their defeats with their senior partners – Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem - respectively but for the disruption they had to endure over the last three months.

Yao Han-Kok Siang had proven themselves when they won the Kuala Lumpur Open title in August but shortly after, they were split up to play with Khim Wah and V Shem respectively.

Now it is all back to square one.

Yao Han and Kok Siang will play together again while Khim Wah and V Shem are back together.

The 23-year-old Kok Siang just hopes that they would not be tossed around – as it has been difficult to focus.

“Yes, it is disappointing that the partnership has changed again but we have to follow what the coaches ask us to do,” said Kok Siang.

“Yao Han and I do not have a world ranking yet and it is difficult to play in Super Series events.

“Hopefully, Yao Han and I will be given time to build this partnership.”

Yao Han echoed his partner’s views.

Both however, agreed that they did gain some experience playing with the seniors.

“Kok Siang and I picked up some pointers and hopefully, it will help us strengthen our partnership.”

On Saturday, Kok Siang-V Shem and Yao Han-Khim Wah received their bronze medals during the medal ceremony together with Indonesians Berry Angriawan-Suwardi Karanda and Rian Agung Saputra-Angga Pratama who won the silver and gold respectively.

On Saturday, top seeds Rian-Angga lived up to their billing by beating Berry-Suwardi 21-13, 17-21, 21-11 in a 45-minute final to become the men’s doubles champions.  

Tags / Keywords: badminton, SEA Games, Ow Yao Han, Teo Kok Siang, Lim Khim Wah, Goh V Shem, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw

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