PETALING JAYA: Newly formed independent pair Tan Kian Meng and Tan Wee Kiong agonisingly missed out on what would have been a perfect debut after coming in as runners-up at the Dutch Open.
Kian Meng-Wee Kiong squandered a 19-16 lead and match point at 20-19 in the rubber game to go down 14-21, 21-18, 20-22 to Singapore’s Terry Hee-Loh Kean Hean in the final in Almere on Sunday.
“It was so close yet so far,” lamented Kian Meng, who forms the world No. 12 mixed doubles partnership with Lai Pei Jing.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t seal the victory with the advantage that we had.
“Our combination is not there yet as this was the first time I’m competing in men’s doubles after a long time. It still feels awkward at times.
“I will try to get better in upcoming tournaments.”
With the defeat, they also missed the chance to join an illustrious list of Malaysian winners since the event’s inauguration in 1932.
David Choong-Eddy Choong were the first to win it in 1955, followed by Eddy-Oon Chong Teik (1957), Punch Gunalan-Oon Chong Hau (1966), Yap Kim Hock-Tan Kim Her (1992), Cheah Soon Kit-Soo Beng Kiang (1993), Soon Kit-Choong Tan Fook (1998), Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (1999, 2005) and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (2015).
Their next tournament will be the French Open next week (Oct 24-31) as they failed to make the cut for the Denmark Open which gets under way in Odense today.
However, Kian Meng will join Pei Jing in Denmark to take on Indonesia’s world No. 8 Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Widjaja in the opening round.