Unheralded Ukrainians send Rexy’s fancied pair Razif-Khe Wei packing

NATIONAL doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky had big dreams for his fancied pair of Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Woon Khe Wei to make a mark in the mixed doubles.

But yesterday, Razif-Khe Wei shattered his trust in them by falling to unheralded Valeriy Atrashchenkov-Elena Prus of Ukraine 17-21, 21-9, 17-21 in the first round of the World Championships.

Rexy was visibly disappointed over the pair that once was rated as the best mixed pair in the back-up squad since playing together at this year’s Malaysian Open.

“It was not their best performances. They did not show the same fire and motivation as the Ukrainians. They played as though it was just another ordinary tournament,” said Rexy.

“They were leading 6-1 in the opening game but Razif was playing too safe. This is an opportunity for them to show off but they failed to make use of it.

“Maybe, they have taken their opponents lightly. They have been quite stagnant and I will have to review what had gone wrong.”

With Razif-Khe Wei out, Malaysia’s hopes will be on three other mixed doubles pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Ong Jien Guo-Sabrina Chong.

Meanwhile, women’s pair Lim Yin Loo-Marylen Ng Poau Leng also bowed out in the first round yesterday, losing to Japan’s Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito 8-21, 16-21.

Today, Malaysia’s top women’s doubles pair – world number one and top seeds Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty – will be in action when they take on Sweden’s Emelie Lennartsson-Emma Wengberg.

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