PETALING JAYA: Back-up men’s pair Tee Kai Wun-Man Wei Chong will be out to pick up where they left off when they return for the Spanish International Challenge in La Nucia from June 16-19.
The world No. 269 are aiming to win their second title in as many tournaments following their Polish Open success in March.
They were entered for the World Tour’s Spain Masters and Austrian Open last month but gave it a miss as they were among the players deemed not ready to compete due to poor preparations.
This came after the national training camp at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) was hit by a Covid-19 outbreak in April. Fifteen trainees tested positive which resulted in the centre being closed for nearly two weeks.
Hence, Kai Wun-Wei Chong would be eager to make up for lost time and continue the perfect start to their partnership, having been paired up just this year.
And they could not ask for a better draw after receiving a bye into the second round.
Barring an upset, they should face their first real test in the last eight against world No. 82 and third seeds Philip Birker-Dominik Stipsits.
The Austrians were semi-finalists at the Slovenian International Series last month.
The other top four seeds are Godwin Olofua-Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori of Nigeria (world No. 51), Ireland’s Joshua Magee-Paul Reynolds (No. 64) and Jaromir Janacek-Tomas Svejda of the Czech Republic (No. 86).
The other two Malaysian pairs entered are Lwi Sheng Hao-Loo Bing Kun and Yap Roy King-Nurfirdaus Azman.
Newly-combined Sheng Hao-Bing Kun, will open their campaign against Canada-Mexico combination B. R. Sankeeerth and Job Castillo.
Roy King-Nurfirdaus will have to negotiate a two-round qualifier but should reach the tournament proper with ease to set up a first-round encounter against Denmark’s Philip Klindt-Mikkel Stoffersen.
In men’s singles, Malaysia are represented by Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin, Lim Chong King, Lee Shun Yang, Wyman Goh and Shaqeem Eiman Shahyar.
The rest of the contingent are S. Kisona, Goh Jin Wei and Eoon Qi Xuan (women’s singles), Yap Ling-Teoh Mei Xing (women’s doubles).