PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo’s form has waned since she suffered an injury in August.
But it hasn’t doused her indomitable spirit.
Vivian has promised to bring out her best when she partners Woon Khe Wei against Chiang Kai-hsin-Hung Shih-han of Taiwan in the first round of the women’s doubles at the China Open in Fuzhou today.
If they get past the first hurdle, Vivian-Khe Wei will face the winners of the match between sixth seeds Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto of Japan and Lee Yu-rim-Shin Seung-chan of South Korea.
All the pairs are in the same quarter as Olympic champions and top seeds Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.
The China Open is the second last tournament for the national No. 1 pair.
They will also compete in the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon next week.
It has been a roller-coaster ride for Vivian-Khe Wei so far this year.
The world No. 14 struggled in the early part of the year before eventually stepping up to win the New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold in August.
Then came the bad news as Vivian suffered an abdominal muscle tear during the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
But Vivian-Khe Wei hope to get their act right again in Fuzhou.
“Right now my goal is simple – to perform well in the last two tournaments before the year ends. That’s all,” said Vivian.
The duo have yet to reach the semi-finals of a Superseries tournament this season. Their best achievements were quarter-final finishes at the Swiss Open in March and the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) in Wuhan in April.
Malaysia will also be banking on the national No. 2 pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean to step up to the plate in the China Open. The world No. 24 have been drawn to meet Lin Xiao-min-Wu Fang-chien of Taiwan in the first round.
They are in the same quarter as second seeds Chen Qinchen-Jia Yifan of China.
The others playing in the China Open are Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles) and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See (mixed doubles).
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