No year-end joy for our pairs

  • Badminton
  • Monday, 25 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: They came within a whisker of their targets but Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie failed to give Malaysian badminton a much needed year-end boost.

Both lost their respective finals at the Korean Masters in Gwangju, South Korea.

It was especially painful for independent men’s doubles pair V Shem-Wee Kiong whose fighting 19-21, 22-20, 19-21 defeat to Taiwan’s Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin meant they are also out of the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou next month. A win would have seen them leapfrog fellow Malaysians Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik to a place in the eight-pair finals.

To be fair, V Shem-Wee Kiong, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, tried very hard. They battled hard to save four match points to force a deciding game.

But the seasoned pairing, who won the Thailand Masters in January and Taiwan Open in September, could not make it count and fell in 59 minutes.

V Shem-Wee Kiong can get some consolation in their first appearance in a final after losing in the first round of the previous four meets in Denmark, France, China and Hong Kong.

Soon Huat-Shevon earlier failed in their bid to claim their first title of the year after going down 14-21, 15-21 to bogey Hong Kong pair Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet. It was their fourth straight defeat to the Hong Kong pair.

The Malaysian duo had put their spate of frustrating semi-final runs behind them by beating Taiwan’s Lee Jhe Huei-Hsu Ya Ching 21-17, 21-17 on Saturday.

Soon Huat-Shevon, ranked eighth in the world, had fallen in the semi-finals of the All-England, German, Hong Kong and China Opens this year.
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