KUALA LUMPUR: The erratic Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are in for another tough ride after being drawn to meet the new South Korean combination of Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae in the first round of the Denmark Open, which starts from Oct 16-21 in Odense.
The national pair, ranked sixth in the world, have failed to impress since being given a second chance by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) last month.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, who have until the World Championships next year to prove themselves, were disappointing in the Japan Open, their first tournament since the London Olympics.
Although they did well to make the final, they lost tamely to Korean youngsters Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang.
But national doubles coach Tan Kim Her believes that Sung-hyun-Yong-dae are beatable, “provided Kien Keat-Boon Heong drop their defensive mentality”.
“This new Korean combination is just as dangerous,” said Kim Her.