KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran men’s doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah were sent packing in the first round of the Singapore Open yesterday.
The duo gave an erratic performance and were beaten 9-21, 21-17, 10-21 by local favourites Hendri Kurniawan Saputra-Hendra Wijaya in 37 minutes.
The defeat was a setback for Tan Fook-Wan Wah ahead of the world championships in Hyderabad in August. They are currently ranked 10th in the world and had hoped for a good showing in the Singapore Open to get a good seeding in the world championships.
Wan Wah said that the Indonesia-born players adapted better to the windy conditions in the stadium.
“We went into the tournament having had beaten them twice before. But we found it difficult to cope with the strong draught in the stadium in the first game,” said Wan Wah in a telephone interview.