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Malaysian women's doubles pair Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo in action against England's Gabrielle Adcock-Lauren Smith in the semi-finals on Saturday. - GLENN GUAN/The Star
GLASGOW: Can our doubles shuttlers serve up a final day double joy?
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (men’s doubles) and Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (women’s doubles) have promised to do just that after marching into the finals of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games at the Emirates Arena yesterday.
Of course, they are aware of how tough it will be but they will be driven by one purpose – to bring joy to the nation on the last day of the Games on Sunday.
V Shem-Wee Kiong will face Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart while Vivian-Hoo have a more daunting task as they will be up against defending champions Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa of India.
On Saturday, V Shem-Wee Kiong were slow off the blocks but rose to the occasion to beat England’s Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis of England 21-19, 21-19.
They nearly blew a big lead in the second game but managed to hang on.
“We came into the match today (yesterday) with so much on our minds. We did not play well. All our singles players had been wiped out and it affected our mood,” said Wee Kiong.
“We kept telling each to stay focused. We know how important it was to win.”
Although the Malaysian shuttlers had beaten Danny-Chayut in the mixed team tie last week, Wee Kiong is not about to under-estimate the Singaporeans.
“They will come prepared and will have a better understanding of our game,” said Wee Kiong.
“It is very important for us to win … not just for us but for the badminton team and for our country.”
Khe Wei-Vivian, who beat England’s Gabrielle Adcock-Lauren Smith 21-16, 21-11 in the women’s doubles semi-finals, have a score to settle with the Indian pair in the final.
Jwala-Ashwini prevented an all-Malaysian final when they blitzed Lim Yin Loo-Lai Pei Jing 21-7, 21-12 in the other semi-final in just 27 minutes.
“Some of our team-mates did not make it to the finals and we are sad for them. Today, we did not watch their matches because we didn’t want to get distracted. We stayed focused and won,” said Vivian.
“We lost to the Indian pair once (2012 Korean Open). It will be tough but we are motivated to end Malaysia’s campaign on a high,” said Vivian.
Said Khe Wei: “I was at the last Games and played with Chin Eei Hui. We lost to this Indian pair in the quarter-finals. I was young and inexperienced then … this time, I’ll be ready for them.”
At the last Games in New Delhi, Malaysia won four gold medals.
In Glasgow, they have won the mixed team gold, so far.
So, winning two on the final day will be smashing indeed!
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