PETALING JAYA: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have two chances to improve on their world ranking before the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland next month.
The pair, currently 13th, are looking at breaking into the world’s top eight by doing well in back-to-back tournaments – Indonesian Open (starting tomorrow) and Japan Open (July 23-28).
The former world No. 1 are hoping to get a better seeding for the World Championships by being in the top eight. The draw will be made on Aug 5, and the ranking lists on July 30 will be used to determine the seedings.
“There are plenty of ranking points up for grabs in Indonesia and Japan and we must grab this opportunity,” said V Shem.
“With all the top pairs in action in the next two weeks, it’s definitely not going to be easy. But never say never, we just need to do our best and take it one step at at a time.
“We’re determined to climb a few rungs before the World Championships. The higher you’re seeded, the better the draw you get.”
V Shem-Wee Kiong, however, face a tricky opening round against world No. 2 Keigo Sonoda-Takeshi Kamura in Jakarta.
They have not beaten the Japanese in all their five encounters dating back to the Asian Badminton Championships in April.
But V Shem said they are not short in confidence as they are buoyed by their triumph at the Jeunesse Cup International All-Star Tournament in Taiwan two weeks ago.
Together with singles shuttler Liew Daren, the three-man Malaysian side topped the four-nation invitational team contest to walk away with the US$21,000 (RM86,300) winner’s cheque.
V Shem-Wee Kiong won both their matches, beating Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen 15-21, 21-13, 21-18 and Taiwan’s Lee Yang-Wang Chilin 21-17, 21-19.
“It was a great confidence booster although it’s just an invitational tournament,” said V Shem.
“Hopefully we can keep this momentum going and secure some good results in Indonesia and Japan.”