Home > Sport > Badminton
Monday January 6, 2014 MYT 6:47:00 PM
Monday January 6, 2014 MYT 6:55:54 PM
by rajes paul
National No.2 men's doubles pair Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How (right) beat No.3 pair Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah in the final of the recent National Grand Prix Finals in Putrajaya. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is optimistic the healthy rivalry between Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem will revive Malaysia’s fortunes this season.
Malaysia have been starved off major Open titles from the men’s doubles department over the last three years.
Thien How-Wee Kiong defeated Khim Wah-V Shem in a closely-fought final in the National Grand Prix Finals at Putrajaya last month, sparking a promise that the country’s second and third-ranked pairs are set to snap at each other’s heels this year.
The two pairs will get to show who are better when they begin their campaigns in the season-opener Korean Open in Seoul on Wednesday.
World No. 8 Thien How-Wee Kiong have been drawn in the lower half of the draw with second seeds Kim Sa-rang-Kim Ki-jung of South Korea while world No. 16 Khim Wah-V Shem are in the top half with top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.
Cheh Chang is happy that there are more pairs stepping up to the plate. In the past, Malaysia depended heavily on world No. 7 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.
“It is good to see some progress in the men’s doubles department. Thien How-Wee Kiong are more consistent with their performances while Khim Wah-V Shem are making a comeback.
“They have their own strengths and weaknesses, but I am glad to see renewed commitment from all of them. Their rise will also motivate our top pair (Kien Keat-Boon Heong) and put us in a good position ahead of the Thomas Cup Finals (in May in New Delhi).
“It has been a while since our doubles players won any major titles but I am confident that we can see some breakthroughs this time,” said Cheh Chang.
Malaysia have yet to win any Super Series titles since Kien Keat-Boon Heong emerged champions at the 2010 Malaysian Open. Malaysia only managed to taste success in the Grand Prix Gold events through Kien Keat-Boon Heong (2011 and 2012 Malaysian Open GP Gold), Khim Wah-V Shem (2013 Malaysian Open GP Gold) and Thien How-Wee Kiong (2013 Macau Open GP Gold).
Khim Wah-V Shem move up to world No. 14
Kim Wah-V Shem save Malaysia the blushes
Wee Kiong reunited with Thien How, bracing for tougher times
Kien Keat to reunite with Boon Heong for world meet
All systems go for Thien How-Wee Kiong
Wei Feng relishes Lin Dan encounter in Asian Games
Yen Mei finds joy in badminton’s new scoring format
Joo Ven hoping to make headway at Perak Open
Zulfadli hungry for more after good run in Palembang
Injury threatens to derail Boon Heong's Asiad
End of the road for Daren and Zulfadli in Palembang
The Purge: Anarchy
Afghan presidential rivals reach unity deal after disputed vote - aides
Cerner and Athenahealth say integrating with Apple's mobile health service
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)