PETALING JAYA: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are the only sole Malaysian survivors after the first round of the German Open badminton championships.
The world No. 16 needed just 30 minutes to power past homesters Raphael Beck-Peter Kaesbauer 21-17, 21-16 in the men’s doubles of the Grand Prix Gold event in Mulheim on Wednesday.
V Shem-Wee Kiong’s next face world No. 5 and second seeds Chai Biao-Hong Wei of China and they will be hoping to make the most of compatriots Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s early exit.
World No.17 Kien Keat-Boon Heong were soundly beaten 18-21, 14-21 by third seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan.
The two Malaysian pairs are battling against each other to secure a spot to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.
Only the top 16 pairs after the end of the qualifying period on May 1 qualify for the Games. But if V Shem-Wee Kiong and Kien Keat-Boon Heong are ranked among the top eight, they will both qualify for the Games.
V Shem-Wee Kiong are now ranked 11th while Kien Keat-Boon Heong are currently out of the top 16.
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, the world No. 12, also had a miserable outing in Mulheim. The seventh seeds lost 19-21, 14-21 to former world No. 1 Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba of Poland.
“It’s disappointing,” lamented Liu Ying. “We did extra preparations for this tournament, but we just couldn’t perform our best on the day. I hope we can bounce back in next week’s All-England,” she added.