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V Shem: ‘When you fail to win even a match in five tournaments, it hits you hard.’

PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Goh V Shem hopes to put his recent setbacks behind him as he reunites with former partner Tan Wee Kiong to gear up for the World Championships in Huelva, Spain, from Dec 12-19.

V Shem’s partnership with Low Juan Shen failed to make any headway after they exited the first round of all five World Tour tournaments including this week’s Indonesian Open in Bali.

But the 32-year-old from Kuala Lumpur prefers not to dwell on it as the world meet is just about a fortnight away.

V Shem and Wee Kiong have already been training together since Wednesday and the Rio Olympics silver medallists want to make the best out of their final outing.

They parted ways in August after seven glorious years together but opted to reunite for the world meet.

“When you fail to win even a match in five tournaments, it hits you hard, especially your confidence,” said V Shem.

“But I have to move on quickly and turn my attention to the World Championships which is not too far away and prepare as well as I can for it.”

Wee Kiong, who teamed up with Tan Kian Meng after his split, did not have the best of starts too.

After emerging runners-up at the lower-tier Dutch Open, the pair made it to the second round only once – at the Hylo Open in Germany – in their next four outings.

After a few training sessions, V Shem said his partnership with Wee Kiong still remains intact despite having last played together at the All-England in March.

“We had solid training sessions in the past few days and it was all good,” said V Shem. “Having played so many years together, it didn’t feel awkward at all.”

Currently still the world No. 14, V Shem-Wee Kiong will head to Huelva as the 10th seed.

“Hopefully the seeding will land us a favourable draw (which will be made on Dec 1),” said V Shem.

“It’s our final tournament together before we split up for good. We want to make it as memorable as possible.

“After all, the world meet is one of the major tournaments we have not done well in. In the past we played with lots of pressure as the national top pair, perhaps this time with a carefree approach, we’ll be able to perform much better.”

The pair will set up base in Dubai prior to the event.

“We will train in Dubai for a week and then leave for Spain on Dec 7.

“We’re heading to Dubai as it’s more cost-effective compared to Bali. Here, we’re required to stay in an official hotel but it’s different in Dubai as we’re free to choose our accommodation.”

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