Sze Fei-Izzuddin can make worlds after Goh and Tan’s split

Good opportunites: Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin hope to do well in three tournaments to qualify for the December world meet in Spain.

PETALING JAYA: National doubles pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani are determined to make their chances count now that their qualification path to the World Championships in Huelva, Spain from Dec 12-19 has opened up.

This comes after Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong ended their partnership on Saturday, paving the way for Sze Fei-Izzuddin to overtake their former seniors in the Road to Huelva standings.

Currently 29th, Sze Fei-Izzuddin must break into the top 24 and finish ahead of V Shem-Wee Kiong before the qualification cut-off is made.

Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (No. 7) and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (No. 9) are the two highest ranked Malaysian in the Road to Huelva rankings.

Badminton World Federation (BWF) have previously set Sept 7 as the deadline in their previous announcement in November last year.

But the world meet had since being postponed from its initial dates of Nov 29-Dec 5 to two weeks later, so the cut-off date is expected to be moved further as well.

A country can send a maximum of three pairs if all are ranked in the top 24.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin will have their first opportunity to close the gap on V Shem-Wee Kiong with a good showing at the Korean Open in Yeosu City from Aug 31-Sept 5.

“Qualifying for the World Championships is obviously one of our main goals for this year. We have never played in the meet before and are eager to secure our debut,” said Sze Fei.

“Although V Shem-Wee Kiong are expected to slide down the ranking since they will not be playing any tournaments together, we still need to put together a series of good results in order to finish above them.

“We’ve got our chances at the Korean Open later this month and the French and Denmark Opens in October.

“Before the World Tour was suspended in March, we reached the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open I, but lost in the first round of Thailand Open II and Swiss Open. That’s not good enough.

“We have to do a lot better in Korea and improve on our ranking. We’re seeded sixth for the tournament due to the absence of many top pairs, it’s important that we take advantage of this situation to do well in a World Tour event.

“Our best was reaching the Malaysian Masters final in 2017, it’s been a while.”

The other Malaysian shuttlers bound for the Korean Open are Liew Daren and Soong Joo Ven in the men’s singles; Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong, Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun and Chang Yee Jun-Chia Wei Jie (men’s doubles); Yap Ling-Teoh Mei Xing, Yap Cheng Wen-Anna Cheong, Cheah Yee See-Peck Yen Wei (women’s doubles); Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, Hoo Pang Ron-Yee See, Chen Tang Jie-Yen Wei, Kai Wun-Mei Xing, Hang Yee-Cheng Wen, Wei Jie-Anna and Eng Cheong- Yap Ling (mixed doubles).

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