National women's doubles pair Vivian Hoo (left) and Woon Khe Wei will once again be expected to do well in the Asian Games after winning the gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games recently. - AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo says she is tired and lethargic since returning from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games more than a week ago.
But she believes she has enough in her reserves to give a creditable showing in her second World Championships with Woon Khe Wei in Copenhagen from Aug 25-31.
Vivian-Khe Wei had gone through a hectic schedule for the last one month.
They steered Malaysia to a mixed team gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They kept their momentum going by also winning the women’s doubles gold in the individual competition.
“It has been just crazy for us. We got back from Glasgow (on Aug 6) and now, we will be heading to Copenhagen (tomorrow). We just got over the jet lag and now we have get used to the time difference again in Denmark,” said Vivian.
“Our eating and sleeping time are haywire. It can really tire you down.”
The bigger challenge for them at the World Championships is to become the second Malaysian women pair in nine years to reach the quarter-finals.
No Malaysian pair have made it to the quarter-finals since Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty in Anaheim in 2005.
Vivian said it would be tough although Malaysia will have four pairs in Denmark. The others are Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho and Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean.
“We have a big number of qualifiers this time but none are seeded. The draw is also tough for all of us,” admitted Vivian.
Khe Wei-Vivian are in the same quarter with top seeds Bao Yixin-Tang Jinhua of China. They are likely to play Denmark’s second pair Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke in the second round.
Hui Lin-Hui Ern and Yin Loo-Meng Yean are up against eighth seeds Luo Ying-Luo Yu of China while Amelia-Fie Cho will likely face fourth seeds Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang of China in the second round.
“We reached the third round last year but in order to go one step better, we have to beat the top seeds from China,” she said.