KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong showed positive signs after being paired together once again when the pair booked their place in the second round of the Thailand Masters earlier today.
Their positive showing in Bangkok comes after they were separated for four months. They easily dispatched India’s Kapil Chaudhary-Brijesh Yadav in straight games, 21-6, 21-16 in the first round.
The Malaysian pair, ranked world No 29, will face Hong Kong’s Lam Wai Lok-Li Kuen Hon tomorrow for a place in the quarter-finals.
“Today (Wednesday), we played very well and our game plan worked perfectly well on court. We will be making meticulous preparations for tomorrow’s (Thursday) match against our opponents from Hong Kong,” said V Shem when contacted earlier today.
V Shem-Wee Kiong’s victory was an obvious relief for National men’s doubles head coach, Cheah Soon Kit, as the pair will be banked on to deliver vital points for the national squad at the upcoming Asia Team Championship in Alor Seat next month, which is also a qualifying round for the 2018 Thomas Cup.
“It is a very positive start for them after being reunited. I will still evaluate and keep close tabs on their performance in this tournament and I sincerely hope that they will continue to show further progress and development in their performance,” said Soon Kit.
Meanwhile, professional men’s singles player Liew Daren also advanced to the second round after pulling off an upset to defeat tournament third seed Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand 21-18, 18-21, 23-21. He will face Wei Nan of Hong Kong tomorrow.
National women singles player Ho Yen Mei also progressed after she beat Indonesia’s Jesica Muljati, 21-14, 17-21, 21-11. She will a tough match on her hands as she faces tournament third seed Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand next in the second round.