National women's doubles player Woon Khe Wei (left) in training with her partner Vivian Hoo at the Emirates Arena on Tuesday. - GLENN GUAN/ The Star
GLASGOW: National doubles shuttler Woon Khe Wei’s first Commonwealth Games stint four years ago ended tamely.
Her first trip to Glasgow seven years ago also ended in dismay.
But the pretty Khe Wei hopes to erase all those ugly memories by coming out tops with Vivian Hoo at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The duo will compete in all the women’s doubles matches – in both the mixed and individual events.
The mixed team event starts on Thursday, followed by the individual events on July 30.
“I was young and inexperienced when I was asked to play with Chin Eei Hui in my first Commonwealth Games in New Delhi four years ago. We crashed out in the quarter-finals,” said Khe Wei.
“I was in Glasgow once ... for the Sudirman Cup (in 2007). I played with Tan Wee Kiong in the mixed doubles but I don’t want to talk about our performance … it wasn’t good.”
But with Vivian, Khe Wei dares to dream big.
“We surprised everyone at the Myanmar SEA Games (the duo did well to win the country’s only badminton gold medal). Hopefully, we can do the same here,” said Khe Wei.
Besides their three regular main opponents – top seeds Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei of Singapore, defending champions Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa of India and England’s Gabrielle White-Lauren Smith – Khe Wei has now added Australians Renuga Veeran-Tang He Tian as another threat.
“He Tian is China-born and her partnership with Renuga has improved. They won the New Zealand Open. It is important that we do not let our guard down against anyone,” she said.
If everything goes according to plan in Glasgow, Khe Wei-Vivian have a chance to become only the third women’s doubles champions in the Commonwealth Games after Ang Li Peng-Lim Pek Siah (2002 Manchester Games) and Eei Hui-Wong Pei Ty (2006 Melbourne Games).