KUALA LUMPUR: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie are set to be Malaysia's No 1 mixed doubles again, when they bagged the German Open title in Mulheim yesterday.
After losing the No 1 spot to teammates Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing last month, the national pair - bound for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month - lived up to their billing as third seeds by defeating Denmark's Niclas Nohr-Sara Thygesen, 21-14, 22-20 en route to winning their third international title.
In 2016, the world No 10 pair won the Malaysia International Challenge title as well as the Scottish Open in Glasgow.
The win is a timely boost for the reigning national champions, who will be making their debut at the All England in Birmingham, this week.
Although ranked below Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (World No 9), Soon Huat-Shevon are expected to move up the rankings, when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) releases the updated list on Thursday.
Soon Huat-Shevon, who were only paired in 2016, pocketed US$11,850 (RM46,400) in prize money, while their Danish opponents settled for US$5,700 (RM22,300).
There could have been more joy for the Malaysian camp, had men's doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong reached the men’s doubles final as well.
Unfortunately, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalists crashed out in the last four on Saturday, losing 21-17, 18-21, 21-19 to sixth seeds Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko of Japan.