Doubles player Lim Khim Wah (right) who usually partners Goh V Shem (left), only played one match at the recently concluded Thomas Cup finals in New Delhi. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Men’s doubles shuttler Lim Khim Wah was demoralised after being left out in the cold during the recent Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi.
But national coach Pang Cheh Chang is hoping that Khim Wah will not misconstrue “my tough decision to sideline him” as the end of the road of his playing career.
Cheh Chang wants Khim Wah to take it as a challenge and prove himself worthy of selection by doing well in three back-to-back Superseries tournaments and the World Championships in Copenhagen in August.
Khim Wah has been entered with youngster Ow Yao Han for the Japan Open (June 10-15) and Australian Open (June 24-29). He will resume playing with regular partner Goh V Shem in the Indonesian Open (June 17-22) and the world meet.
Reigning Malaysian Open champions Khim Wah-V Shem have qualified for the world meet as the world’s No. 14 pair. The other qualifiers are Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.
In New Delhi, Cheh Chang only fielded Khim Wah with V Shem once in a group tie against Germany. For the other ties, Cheh Chang fielded the scratch pair of V Shem-Wee Kiong and Tan Boon Heong-Thien How.
“The coaches’ decision at the Thomas Cup Finals must have been hard on Khim Wah. I felt that the scratch partnership was the best. Khim Wah understands it but, I guess, he still has questions over his future,” said Cheh Chang.
“He should evaluate how the other players fared during the Finals when they were under pressure and learn from it.
“I have fielded him with Yao Han for two tournaments and I want to see how he leads his younger partner. For now, his mission will be to do well with V Shem at the World Championships.
“Besides Khim Wah, I’m also trying out other players with different partners in the next few tournaments. After the World Championships, I will decide whether to stick with the original pairings or not.”
The others selected for the Japan Open are Thien How-Wee Kiong and Boon Heong-V Shem; for the Indonesian Open are Boon Heong-Wee Kiong, Thien How-Yao Han; and for the Australian Open are Thien How-Boon Heong, Wee Kiong-V Shem.