PETALING JAYA: Independent doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are ready to put the disappointment of missing last year’s All-England through a registration blunder behind them as they aim to return strong this week.
Last year, they overlooked the deadline and submitted their entry late, thus missing the event in Birmingham.
It was an untimely yet costly mistake for them considering the All-England, a highest-tier World Tour event, was one of the premier Olympics qualifiers.
V Shem-Wee Kiong are ready to move on and make a difference in this year’s edition.
“It’s already passed, we have moved on, ” said V Shem.
Despite no Olympics points up for grabs this time, V Shem insisted that there’s still plenty to play for ahead of their return to Arena Birmingham.
“As professional athletes, we go to every tournament with an intention to give our best and get good results, ” said a determined V Shem.
“Missing out last year’s All-England spurs us on to do even better this time. We want to justify the sponsors’ faith in us and possibly convince them to continue backing us beyond the Olympics with a good showing.
The All-England is the best platform to show what we can do.”
Having reached the semi-finals in 2016, V Shem-Wee Kiong were the quarter-finalists in the next three editions.
And they’re definitely looking good for at least the last eight again this week but first, they must settle the score with Germany’s Marvin Seidel-Mark Lamsfuss in the first round.
The world No. 19 Germans defeated them in the second round as well as Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik in the semi-finals en route to emerging as the runners-up in Basel.
“We’re ready to fight them again. All I can hope is we don’t commit too many service faults this time, ” lamented V Shem.
“I was faulted three times against the Germans and also more than five times in the first round against Danes (Daniel Lundgaard-Mathias Thyrii).
“It’s quite puzzling because I had no problem with my service during the Thailand Opens two months ago. Definitely hoping that for a more favourable outing.”
Should they advance, they will face the winners between countrymen Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong and Mathias Christiansen-Niclas Nohr.
The other seeded rivals in the same half are world No. 2 Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, world No. 5 Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia, and Japan’s world No. 4 Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe.