Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem en route to losing to Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold final.
PASIR GUDANG: If there is one takeaway point from the just-concluded Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold, it is that the national doubles shuttlers need to work on their service.
National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is aware of it and he is ready to arrest the problem to get the players back on track.
At the GP Gold, all three pairs – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Tan Boon Heong-Ow Han Yan experienced some trouble with their service.
Khim Wah-V Shem were the only Malaysians in action in the final on Sunday but they were humbled by Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart.
The Malaysians either served to the net or got caught with their poor service-return. For some, their service was faulted.
“Service and service-return are so important in the doubles but this is where we faltered this time,” said Cheh Chang.
“All players had their share of bad moments in service. Thien How, Yao Han and Boon Heong were distracted when their service was faulted.
“Khim Wah and V Shem had their bad moments too and naturally, all this added pressure on them each time they could not get it right.
“I acknowlege this problem and will look into it. When they get their service right, they will surely play with so much confidence.”
All three pairs will take part in the Indian Open Superseries starting on Wednesday and hopes are high on them to salvage some pride.
Thien How-Wee Kiong will take on Kang Jun-Liu Cheng of China in the first round while Khim Wah-V Shem meet India’s Manu Attri-B. Sumeeeth Reddy. Boon Heong-Yao Han have a tough opener against Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.