Insipid pair Izzuddin and Sze Fei in danger of missing Finals

  • Badminton
  • Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles pair Nur Izzuddin Rumsani-Goh Sze Fei’s hopes of getting picked for the Thomas Cup Finals appeared to be slim after their dismal showing at last week’s BAM Invitational Championships.

The world No. 28 failed to even get past the group stage and it could cost them dearly.

Izzuddin-Sze Fei are the fourth-ranked men’s doubles pair in the country behind 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) and they were banking on a good outing in the internal tournament to stake their claim for a ticket to the Finals in Aarhus, Denmark.

Izzuddin-Rumsani missed out on the semi-finals after finishing third to V Shem-Wee Kiong and teammates Ng Eng Cheong-Low Hang Yee in Group B.

They went down tamely 19-21, 11-21 to world No. 77 Eng Cheong-Hang Yee in what proved to be a decisive battle for the second spot in the group.

They began the tournament positively with victories over Chia Wei Jie-Chan Yee Jun and Chen Tang Jie-Nurfirdaus Azman.

“We had under-performed last week,” said Izzuddin.

“We certainly felt like we had a good chance (to make the semis), but crumbled under pressure.

“We paid the price for getting carried away.

“We were trying to win every single rally hastily and failed to stick to our game plan against Ng and Low.

“We actually managed to bounce back with a better performance to give V Shem-Wee Kiong a good fight (before losing 16-21, 25-27), but it was still not enough.”

On whether their poor result could jeopardise their chances of earning place in the Finals, Izzuddin said: “I don’t want to dwell much on it and in fact, I never really thought too much about the Thomas Cup selection.

“We believe the coaches are going to pick the best guys and it doesn’t really matter who’s going (to the Finals).

“At the end of the day, whoever gets picked will go out to bring glory to the country.”

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