(File pix) Goh V Shem is hoping to renew his chemistry with Tan Wee Kiong as the duo kick start their second stint as a pair at the Thailand Masters, which starts on Tuesday. Pix by Nadim Bokhari

KUALA LUMPUR: As married men, Goh V Shem is hoping to renew his chemistry with Tan Wee Kiong as the duo kick start their second stint as a pair at the Thailand Masters, which starts on Tuesday.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists went their separate ways in September last year due to personal differences, but were reunited recently by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) to strengthen the national squad for the Thomas Cup in Bangkok in May.

Both players also tied the knot late last year.

"I think as married men, things have changed a little for us. We've got two different priorities now," said V Shem, when contacted in Bangkok.

"However, badminton is still badminton and we have been tasked with the responsibility to perform, so we must get things right.

"Our only goal now is to play the best we can to improve ourselves and to give our all for the country."

Following the split, BAM experimented by pairing V Shem and Wee Kiong with younger teammates Teo Ee Yi and Ong Yew Sin, respectively.

As a result, their ranking have dropped to World No 29, six rungs below Ee Yi-Yew Sin who are currently the national No 1.

On whether it is important for them to regain their top spot in the national squad ahead of the Thomas Cup, V Shem added: "For now, I don't want to think too much about it.”

“Wee Kiong and I have to perform in the upcoming tournaments.

"We want to take things one step at a time. Of course, it will be nice if we can reclaim our No 1 position."

V Shem-Wee Kiong will open their Thailand Masters campaign against t India's Kapil Chaudhary-Brijesh Yadav on Wednesday while fourth seeds Ee Yi-Yew Sin play France's Bastian Kersaudy-Julien Maio.

Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani are also in the fray.

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