Badminton

Published: Monday August 11, 2014 MYT 7:55:00 PM
Updated: Monday August 11, 2014 MYT 11:28:44 PM

Wee Kiong reunited with Thien How, bracing for tougher times

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Wee Kiong is bracing for a rough ride when he resumes his partnership with Hoon Thien How at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, from Aug 25-31. 

At the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Wee Kiong partnered Goh V Shem to deliver Malaysia’s sixth gold in the men’s doubles. 

But the Johor-born Wee Kiong, who last played with Thien How in the Japan Open in June, believes it will be tougher this time. 

“We’ve been partners for two years now, but it’ll still take some time for us to regain our best form as a pair,” said Wee Kiong at the draw ceremony for the World Championships here yesterday. 

“Unfortunately, we don’t have the time. So the only thing we can do now is just be fully prepared for the tournament and give it our best shot.” 

Wee Kiong-Thien How are seeded seventh and given a first-round bye. 

They are likely to face Poland’s Lukasz Moren-Wojciech Szkudlarczyk in the second round with either Japan’s Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda or China’s Kang Jun-Liu Cheng awaiting in the last 16. 

The other two Malaysian pairs – V Shem-Khim Wah and the reunited Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong combination – are drawn in the same quarter and could face each other in the third round. 

National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang was happy with the draw and urged his players to think positively. 

“The target is to win a medal. Our players have shown that they can deal with the pressure at the Thomas Cup and Commonwealth Games. They are also highly motivated as well.”

The Malaysians will leave for Copenhagen on Aug 19.

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