COPENHAGEN: There was a time when Hoon Thien How was uncertain about Malaysia’s doubles’ chances at the World Championships.
The bulky Thien How now has a change of heart after arriving in Copenhagen and has vowed to make his final stint with Tan Wee Kiong a memorable one at the Ballerup Super Arena.
Thien How and Wee Kiong are currently Malaysia’s top pair and are seeded seventh but after the world meet, Thien How will partner Tan Boon Heong while Wee Kiong teams up with Goh V Shem.
Thien How believes the men’s doubles race is wide open and it could be anyone’s game.
Besides Thien How-Wee Kiong, the other Malaysians in the men’s doubles competition are 2014 Malaysian Open champions Lim Khim Wah-V Shem and Boon Heong-Koo Kien Keat.
Thien How, who had only trained with Wee Kiong a few times over the past three months, said he feared no one including the mighty Koreans.
“I had not played with Wee Kiong regularly since the Thomas Cup Finals in May.
“The coaches had been more focused on my preparation with Boon Heong for the Asian Games (next month),” said Thien How.
“It would have been better if we had focused on one tournament. Anyway, I am already here and I intend to come good with Wee Kiong.
“On paper, the Koreans look strong but they are beatable. Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong have won three back-to-back titles and they are the favourites but we will not be intimidated.”
The seven seeds Thien How-Wee Kiong are in the same half with two other Korean pairs – Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol and Kim Sa-rang-Kim Ki-jung.
The other seeded pairs in their half are fourth seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan and Chai Biao-Hong Wei of China.