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Monday November 19, 2012

Fired-up Khe Wei’s eager to get it right with Vivian

PETALING JAYA: National women’s doubles shuttler Woon Khe Wei has gone through a run of poor results since picking up an ankle injury in the Malaysian Open early this year.

But having finally tasted success in the Malaysian International Challenge in Kuching yesterday, the 23-year-old Khe Wei is now eager for more.

Khe Wei partnered Ong Jian Guo to win the mixed doubles title, beating Indonesia’s Lukhi Apri Nugroho-Annisa Saufika 21-11, 21-14.

“My main focus is still women’s doubles, but to finally win a title after so long feels great,” said Khe Wei, who partners Vivian Hoo in the women’s doubles.

“What makes the win awesome is that I’ve only played with Jian Guo in two other tournaments. So this is quite special.

“This win has also fired me up to do well in the women’s doubles with Vivian.

“I lost quite a bit of speed because of the injury and Vivian has been covering for me most of the time.

“It eventually affected her own game and I feel bad about it. But I’m feeling fresh again and am ready to make amends by getting some good results with her.”

The budding women’s pair of Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean announced their arrival on the senior stage by winning their first title yesterday.

The duo, both 18, were in smashing form, beating Indonesia’s Ririn Amelia-Melvira Oklamona 21-13, 23-21.

The men’s pair of Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang also got their act right by downing team-mates Low Juan Shen-Tan Yip Jiun 21-15, 21-12 in the final.

Lydia Cheah then made it four titles for Malaysia with a 21-17, 21-12 win over Singapore’s Liang Xiaoyu in the women’s singles.

Veteran Mohd Hafiz Hashim, however, failed to make it a clean sweep, throwing away a one game lead to lose 21-3, 19-21, 18-21 to Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo of Indonesia in the men’s singles.

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