Kuala Lumpur: Former World No. 1 men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong are mulling over a comeback attempt. The only concern? They need to be more determined, play smarter, and work harder.
Malaysia’s men’s doubles coach – Paulus Firman, said these are the main focus for Goh/Tan in their preparation for the Malaysia’s Open that will be held from June 26 to July 1 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
“V Shem and Wee Kiong each has their own unique advantage. They just have to be more courage to transform their strength during the game while being wise to set up correct strategies and of course, their movements have to be faster,” said Firman.
“It’s important to make sure their opponents are having hard time understanding their game,”
“After finishing Thomas Cup last week, I have about four weeks to get them ready for the Malaysian Open. What I’m doing now is to focus on their individual skills.”
“If that can be improved, it can certainly strengthen their firepower on the court,” said Firman who re-join the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) since April this year.
It’s been a lot of ups and downs for the Rio Olympic silver medalists since early this year. They failed to win a point for Malaysia at the Thomas Cup quarter-finals, after losing to Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 19-21, 22-20, 13-21.
Malaysia was eliminated in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals by going down to Indonesia 1-3.
However, Firman did praise the pair for improving their communication in the court.
“We are working on improving their weaknesses. I believe V Shem-Wee Kiong will return to their best form and I hope we can see the different V Shem-Wee Kiong at the Malaysia Open,” said Firman.