Published: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 10:01:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 10:09:11 PM

Doubles top seed flop on opening day

PASIR GUDANG: It was a miserable day for the top seeds of the men’s doubles and singles – Malaysians Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Tanongsak Saensom­boon­suk of Thailand – on the opening day of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Sta­dium.

Malaysian No. 1 Thien How-Wee Kiong were sent packing 16-21, 20-22 by Singaporeans Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart in a 39-minute match on Wednesday.

A disappointed Wee Kiong admitted that they seriously need to examine what went wrong.

“The same problem continued for us. Our service was faulted several times. It happened at our last two international tournaments too – at the German Open and All-England. It broke our rhythm,” said Wee Kiong.

“We have no one to blame but ourselves. Thien How and I must review our problem and get to the root of it,” said Wee Kiong, who will now focus on making a quick rebound at the India Open Superseries in New Delhi next week.

Defending champions Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, however, stayed solid in their opening match with a resounding 21-17, 21-17 win over Indonesians Yohanese Rendy Sugiarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan.

While Thien How-Wee Kiong went out of the tournament with their heads hung low, independent shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif was jumping in sheer happiness after stunning the SEA Games silver medallist Tanongsak 21-19, 21-18 in 31 minutes.

Arif, who is now playing under One Badminton Academy, said that it was his best win in recent times.

“There was no pressure on me. I have played against Tanongsak during my junior days and I was prepared,” said Arif, who has been training under Indonesian Nova Armada since January.

“My fitness has improved and I am more relaxed as an independent player. I have enough energy in the tank to play another good match,” said Arif, who will take on Taiwanese Yang Chih-hsun on Thursday.

The other Malaysians through to the second round are second seed Chong Wei Feng, Goh Soon Huat, Soo Teck Zhi, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub and Yeoh Seng Zoe.

Wei Feng will take on former Asian junior champion Huang Yuxiang of China; Soon Huat squares off with Peranut Boontan of Thailand; Teck Zhi meets Siswanto of Indonesia; and India’s R.M.V. Gurusaidutt and B. Sai Praneeth stand in the way of Seng Zoe and Azriyn.

It was a sad end for former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli when he was rushed to the hospital after falling on his knee during his match against Siswanto of Indonesia. He retired at 10-14.

There was another casualty when defending champion Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia failed to show up for his match against Peranut.

Tags / Keywords: Hoon Thien How, Tan Khim Wah, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, badminton, Johor, Pasir Gudang, grand prix, gold, Malaysia


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