PETALING JAYA: It’s only a small tournament but doubles shuttler Goh Sze Fei is looking at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Invitational Championships as a huge platform to settle a score against the seniors.
Sze Fei and his partner Nur Izzuddin Rumsani are the fourth ranked men’s doubles pair in the 10-member, round-robin competition slated to start on Wednesday at Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara.
Three pairs ranked ahead of them are world No. 9 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and independent shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (14th) and Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin (15th).
The others in the fray are second stringers Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong, Chang Yee Jun-Chia Wei Jie, Choong Hon Jian-Loo Bing Kun, Yap Roy King-Ooi Jhy Dar, Ching Kai Feng-Lwi Sheng Hao and Mohd Nurfirdaus Azman-Chen Tang Jie.
The world No. 28 Sze Fei-Izzuddin have never played against Rio Olympics silver medallists V Shem-Wee Kiong in a tournament and they have never beaten Ee Yi-Yew Sin in either a local or international meet.
They have only beaten national No. 1 Aaron-Wooi Yik once – at the German Open last year.
Now that there is a good opportunity to grab the limelight, the 22-year-old Sze Fei is not planning to waste the golden chance to get the better of their more experienced opponents.
“Izzuddin and I have been training for two months now and we are quite happy with the quality in our game. In fact, we’ve been sparring with the independent players three times a week,” said Sze Fei, who last saw action in the first-round defeat at the All-England in March.
“We are looking forward to facing the experienced V Shem-Wee Kiong, they are really good.
“The standard of their game is obviously higher than us... and that’s why we are excited to play against them for the first time in a competition setting.
“We hope to see where we stand against them by giving them a good fight.
“Our goal is to try and beat Ee Yi and Yew Sin too. We’ve played against them a couple of times but lost on all occasions. Hopefully, the outcome will be different at this internal tournament.”
The ultimate goal of Sze Fei-Izzuddin is to impress the selectors for a place in the Thomas Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark, from Oct 3-11.
“Izzuddin and I have never represented Malaysia in the Thomas Cup although we’ve been with the national team for five years now,” said Sze Fei.
“Only three pairs will be selected and we hope to be one of them. We hope to justify that with a good showing,” he added.
Sze Fei and Izzuddin shot to stardom when they reached the final of the Malaysian Masters in Sibu in 2017.
They did well last year too by reaching the Macau Open semi-finals and the Korean Open quarter-finals. The youngsters have also featured for Malaysia at the 2017 SEA Games and the Asia Team Championships for the last two years but are still waiting for their career’s big break.