Home > Sport > Badminton
Monday March 3, 2014 MYT 9:04:00 PM
Monday March 3, 2014 MYT 9:23:32 PM
by kng zheng guan
Japan's Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (pic) lie in wait for Malaysian pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei in the second round of the All-England badminton championships starting on Tuesday. - Filepic
BIRMINGHAM: Last year, top Malaysian women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei made an impressive run to the quarter-finals of the All-England.
But despite winning the SEA Games gold medal last year, Vivian-Khe Wei have yet to make a successful breakthrough.
A string on unimpressive results means the pair are only ranked 16th in the world.
However, that has not dampen Khe Wei’s spirit as she seeks to emulate their quarter-final appearance.
It will certainly be tough as Vivian-Khe Wei are down to meet England’s Heather Oliver-Kata Robertshaw in the first round. If they win, they are drawn to face Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi in the second round.
Matsutomo-Takahashi, the world No. 4, are riding high following their German Open success on Sunday. The Japanese were simply too strong for Vivian-Khe Wei when both pairs met in the quarter-finals in Mulheim.
Khe Wei, however, refuses to admit defeat just yet and is looking forward to turning the tables this time around.
“I thought Vivian and I played fairly well in Germany and the results weren’t too bad,” said Khe Wei.
“It was just during the quarter-finals that our Japanese opponents just blew us away as they were too strong. We definitely didn’t play well in that match.
“But I don’t think it’s impossible to beat them ... especially since we just faced them and the memory of playing them is still fresh.
“The target is definitely to make the quarter-finals once again. But with such a tough draw, we definitely need to give our best and go for an upset,” added Khe Wei.
The Ng sisters - Hui Lin-Hui Ern – are the other Malaysian pair in the fray. They will meet Matsutomo-Takahashi in the first round.
In mixed doubles, Malaysia’s sole representatives – Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing – look to be heading for an early exit as they are down to meet world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesian in the first round.
Tags / Keywords:
Vivian Hoo, Woon Khe Wei, Misaki Matsutomo, Ayaka Takahashi, doubles, badminton, All England
Khe Wei-Vivian to give Japan Open a miss
Mixed doubles pair look ahead after world meet exit
It's all about having fun for Vivian in Ipoh
Doubles gold goes to Amelia-Fie Cho, Wei Feng ends long wait
SEA Games: Doubles pairs make it a double for Malaysia
Challenge ends for Malaysian shuttlers in Vietnam Open
Hope for Sze Fei-Jinn Hwa to play at world juniors
Khe Wei-Vivian hope to revive their fortunes after resolving crisis
Europe exchange programme to benefit Malaysian badminton
‘Outsider’ Seng Zoe in line to make world juniors team
TalentCorp turns Malaysia’s brain drain to brain gain
Fun-filled Matta fair awaits visitors
Library now disabled-friendly, safer
Carnival visitors enjoy the best hawker fare Penang has to offer
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)