Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s leading men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong admitted their confidence levels have deteriorated significantly as a result of their recent run of poor forms especially during the Sudirman Cup badminton tournament two weeks ago in Gold Coast, Australia.
In additional to their dismal performances, both shuttlers also suffered injuries in Gold Coast, which added another layer of difficulty in their bid to revive their performance at the upcoming Indonesia Open that was scheduled to kick off on June 12th.
Goh V Shem told Malaysian media on Tuesday that they did not want to set any target for Indonesia Open, instead, they would take one match at a time, and won’t be overly concerned about the draw.
“Indonesia Open is one tournament that we have to participate, and based on our current condition, we do not want to set any specific targets,” said Goh.
“Back-to-back defeats at Sudirman Cup have hurt our confidence. We are hoping to regain and to restore our confidence through future tournaments,” added Goh.
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong faced criticism over their two consecutive losses to Japan’s Takeshi Tamura-Keigo Sonoda first in the Group stage and then in the Sudirman Cup quarter-final, which cost the Malaysia team a critical point that eventually failed to reach the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Goh also admitted his left knee injury also make it difficult for him to jump and to move during a match.
“I am having an injury that has been causing intermittent pain on my left knee,” added Goh.
“Due to this injury, we have to make some changes to our strategies such as my stroke and movement. I hope this injury would not bother me too much.”
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were seeded 4th at Indonesia Open, they will play their opener against Kittinupong Kedren/Dechapol Puavaranukroh of Thailand, and could play Lu Kai/Zheng Siwei of China in the second round.