No good: Malaysian Open champions Goh V Shem-Tan Khim Wah disappoint again after losing in the first round of the Singapore Open to a Korean scratch pair on Wednesday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: If form is anything to go by, Malaysia’s men’s doubles pairs are certainly not showing promising signs for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi from May 18-25.
On Wednesday, world No. 15 Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah extended their woeful run as they crashed out in the first round of the Singapore Open.
V Shem-Khim Wah, who have been struggling since winning the Malaysian Open in January were sent packing 17-21, 24-26 by South Korean scratch pair Kim Sa-rang-Yoo Yeon-seong.
Last week the pair bit the dust in the second round of the Indian Open and failed to defend their Malaysian Open GP Gold title two weeks ago.
They only have themselves to blame as they wasted five golden opportunities at game point in the second game to hand the Koreans, playing in only their first tournament together, the win.
In fact, V Shem-Khim Wah also blew the advantage in the first game as a lack of composure and the inability to control the net allowed Sa-rang-Yeon-seong to catch up from 7-11 down.
With Malaysia drawn against South Korea, India and Germany for the premier team event, a lot more work is needed to be done if the team are to rely on the doubles to deliver points.
To make matters worse, the pairing of Ow Yao Han-Tan Boon Heong, who are expected to be the third pair for the Thomas Cup, also crashed out in the first round against China’s Cai Yun-Lu Kai, losing 24-22, 19-21, 18-21 in 63 minutes.
Despite the defeat, V Shem remained positive and believes that both him and Khim Wah would eventually overcome their current slump.
“We tried our best and gave the Koreans a good fight but we were just short on luck especially in the second game,” said V Shem.
“We are definitely struggling and we need to work harder on becoming more consistent during a match.
“We are aware of the Thomas Cup expectations and we are ready to step up and be counted when it matters,” added V Shem.
Fortunately, top Malaysian pair and world No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong saved the blushes for the day when they overcame Indonesia’s Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira-Ade Yusuf 21-18, 21-14.
They will go on to meet Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech in the second round.