PETALING JAYA: To be in top form constantly is hard but that’s what Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie intend to do.
The independent pair Soon Huat-Shevon want to beat their inconsistency after producing mixed results in the last few outings this season.
Yesterday, they marched into the second round of the Thailand Open after recording a commanding 21-13, 21-12 win over Vinson Chiu-Jennie Ghai of the United States in just 25 minutes at Impact Arena in Bangkok but they don’t want to stop there. They face India’s unheralded Ishaan Bhatnagar-Thanisha Crasto and should make it to the quarter-finals.
Shevon knows more hard work is ahead of them.
“We took a bit of time to adjust with the environment in the court but are both grateful to have gone through to the next round. I have not watched our next opponents’ play, so I’m not taking any chances although the confidence is still there,” said Shevon.
Chipped in Soon Huat: “Hopefully we can go further and qualify for the semis.”
Despite their vast experience, the 14th ranked pair are still frustratingly inconsistent.
In their last outing at the Korean Masters, they reached the last four before bowing out to China’s Ou Xuanyi-Huang Yaqiong.
Before that, Soon Huat-Shevon were surprisingly eliminated in the first round of the Korean Open after losing to Japan’s Midorikawa-Natsu Saito.
The Malaysian pair did reach the final in the Swiss Open in March and had a golden opportunity to win their first title of the year but unfortunately came up short against Germans Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Lohau.
Soon Huat-Shevon are the only pair left standing after fellow independent pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Peng Jing were eliminated.
World No. 9 Kian Meng-Pei Jing, who won the Korean Open last month, went down 17-21, 21-16, 13-21 to Germany’s Jones Jansen-Linda Efler.