PETALING JAYA: Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien got their wish to make their debut as a pair at the Malaysian Open but what a mad scramble it will be for them.
The duo, who will be playing for the first time as a pair, made the cut for the home tournament as the second last women doubles qualifiers based on the 32-pair list released by the World Badminton Federation (BWF) on Friday.
The other Malaysians in the fray for the tournament from May 25-30 in Bukit Jalil are national No. 1 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Swiss Open winners Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah.
While happy to play in the Malaysian Open, Vivian admitted that there were several things that she needed to sort out first.
Independent shuttler Vivian, who was dropped from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), has yet to secure a sponsor.
“Everything is happening so fast, it’s a bit of a rush for Chiew Sien and I, ” said Vivian.
“We’ve just been teamed up and we are getting to know each other better on court.
“We are also looking for an equipment sponsor... we need to get all this settled first.”
Vivian knows that it will not be easy for them to make an immediate impact at the Malaysian Open.
“For now, we are just happy to get to play in our first tournament together. Many top players will be here, so that’s good for us.”
Japan will dominate the top two seedings through their top two pairs – Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota and Wakana Nagahara-Mayu Matsumoto.
The others set to spice up the competition are China’s Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan, Du Yue-Li Yinhui; South Korea’s Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan, Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee Yong, Chang Ye-na-Kim Hye-rin; and Indonesia’s Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu.
The other Malaysian qualifiers are Lee Zii Jia, Liew Daren (men’s singles); Soniia Cheah (women’s singles), Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See and Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei.