Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem in action during the recent Thomas Cup in India. The pair are enjoying a consistent run together thus far. - AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Scratch men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are set to be Malaysia’s most reliable pair if their strong showing in the Australian Open badminton championships is anything to go by.
The unseeded V Shem-Wee Kiong put up a commendable showing to upset sixth seeds Markis Kido-Gideon Markus Fernaldi of Indonesia 19-21, 21-11, 21-12 in just 33 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Sydney on Thursday.
They will be out to end the hot run of South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong, who are gunning for their third back-to-back Superseries titles. The Koreans, the Japan and Indonesian Open champions, struggled to down Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata of Japan 21-18, 20-22, 21-12.
Wee Kiong was happy to check into the last eight, but admitted it would be tough to make the last four.
“We are satisfied with our performances, but this is not enough if we want to get the better of the Koreans. V Shem and I are not regular partners and we need to further improve our combination to stand a chance,” said Wee Kiong.
“Yong-dae-Yeon-seong are in top form but we will do our best to end their good run here. We did not cross path against them at the Thomas Cup Finals last month and we are looking forward to our first encounter.”
Besides the Commonwealth Games-bound V Shem-Wee Kiong, Malaysia also have another pair in the last eight. Former world junior champions Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How outclassed compatriots Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han 21-18, 21-14 to set up a meeting against China’s Cai Yun-Lu Kai.
Malaysia still have an interest in the mixed doubles through Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing, who marched into the quarter-finals with a 21-17, 21-11 win over Phillip Chew-Jamie Subandhi of the United States.
Peng Soon-Pei Jing will face fifth seeds Sudket Prapakamol-T. Saralee of Thailand for a place in the semi-finals.