V Shem-Wee Kiong book berth in badminton Thai Open final


Malaysia's Goh V Shem (left) and Tan Wee Kiong. - S.S.KANESAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Veteran men's doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are through to the Yonex Thailand Open final at Impact Arena in Bangkok after seeing out the challenge of young Indonesian pair Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin 21-19,21-10 in a semi-final match on Saturday (Jan 16).

V Shem-Wee Kiong were simply too strong as they took just 29 minutes to beat the Indonesians, the reigning junior world champions, to book a place in the season-opening BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Tour event.

V Shem-Wee Kiong, will take on either Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan or South Koreans Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae in the men's doubles final on Sunday (Jan 17).

V Shem-Wee Kiong will be looking to keep their momentum as they seek to pick up valuable ranking points towards Tokyo Olympic qualification.

V Shem-Wee Kiong had overcome fellow compatriots and world No. 28 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani 21-16,21-19 and are now the only Malaysian representatives in the tournament.

The Indonesian pair, meanwhile, had beaten three higher-ranked pairs to earn their first semi-final appearance.

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