Goh Soon Huat in a file photo. He vows to justify his selection into the Thomas Cup Finals squad.
PASIR GUDANG: Doubles shuttlers Ow Yao Han-Tan Boon Heong were far from happy with their performance after scraping through the opening round of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium.
“It was not the dream start that we wanted,” admitted both Boon Heong and Yao Han after beating Christopher Risdianto-Trikusuma Wardhana of Indonesia 19-21, 21-15, 21-8 in their first international debut on Wednesday.
“We got off to a slow start and fortunately, our opponents were not too strong. We got off the hook today.
“Hopefully, we will play with more fervour in the next match. In training, we have been combining well and hopefully, we will be able to translate that on the court,” added Boon Heong.
Boon Heong-Yao Han will play Indonesian pair Hardianto Hardianto-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra and should make it to the quarter-finals.
The others through to the second round are Jagdish Singh-Roni Tan Wee Long, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi and Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah.
Defending champions V Shem-Khim Wah will take on compatriots Kah Ming-Ee Yi while Jagdish-Wee Long have a challenging task against third seeds Markis Kido-Gideon Markus Fernaldi of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, in the men's singles, Goh Soon Huat has vowed to justify his selection into the Thomas Cup Finals squad. He had topped the selection trial last week.
He will take on Thailand's Pernut Boontan and should make it to the third round.
“All eyes will be on me now that I have topped the Thomas Cup selection. I need to prove myself by doing well,” said Soon Huat.
“I reached the final of the Malaysia Open GP Gold last year and hopefully, I will give another strong performance,” he added.