PETALING JAYA: National men’s doubles pair Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen are surprised to find themselves heading for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, from Aug 21-27.
The national No. 3 received an invitation under the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) second phase of selection earlier this month.
With world No. 22 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and world No. 37 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani set to compete in the KL SEA Games, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have approved world No. 31 Kah Ming-Juan Shen joining world No. 6 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong at the world meet.
But Kah Ming-Juan Shen, whose best results this year are the quarter-final finishes at the Thailand Masters (in January) and the China Masters last month, are not jumping for joy.
They are instead focusing on delivering another strong performance in the Thailand Open in Bangkok, where they are drawn to play third seeds Fajar Alfian-Mohd Rian Ardianto of Indonesia in the first round today.
“We were definitely surprised. We did not expect to get the chance to compete in the World Championships,” said 26-year-old Kah Ming.
“It feels great to be given the chance ... but there’s still a lot of work to do.
“A lot of the top pairs will be competing in Glasgow ... we need to prepare ourselves well to fight hard.
“For now, we’re just focusing on getting past the first round in Bangkok. We’ve got a really tough first-round draw.
“We’ve beaten the Indonesians before, but it will be different tomorrow and we’ll be ready to do our best.”
The other Malaysian pairs in Thailand are Sze Fei-Izzudin and independent shuttlers Lee Jian Yi-Lim Zhen Ting.
Malaysian Masters finalists Sze Fei-Izzuddin are up against a qualifier in the first round. A win will pit them against fifth seeds Berry Angriawan-Hardianto Hardianto of Indonesia next.
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