KUALA LUMPUR: There was only heartbreak for Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong when a late surge failed to prevent them from crashing out of the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras.
World No. 8 Thien How-Wee Kiong needed a win against South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang to book their semi-final spot.
Instead, a poor start put paid to their hopes despite a fighting 18-21, 20-22 loss to Ki-jung-Sa-rang.
Still, Thien How-Wee Kiong, who defeated All-England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan on Thursday, can walk tall as their fighting display won over the crowd, who gave them a standing ovation.
“Losing is never nice ... but I’m happy with the level of our performance in this tournament,” said Wee Kiong.
“I think we were too rushed and not patient enough in waiting for the kill.
“But we’re happy that we’re back playing at the top level . It’s good ... but we can definitely still improve.