MEN’S doubles Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah inflicted more damage to the battered pride of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong by shocking the World No 3 to win the Malaysia Open grand prix gold title at Juara Stadium yesterday.
V Shem-Khim Wah registered a comprehensive 22-20, 21-15 victory to claim their first international title in 39 minutes.
The effort also stripped Kien Keat-Boon Heong of the only title in their grasp in the last 12 months and left them to ponder their career which has hit rock bottom.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong still have an escape clause despite their lacklustre performance as the BA of Malaysia (BAM) has set a final target in the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.
As for V Shem-Khim Wah, the title was a timely boost after poor form forced the coaches to split them last year and only recombined again five months ago where they earned qualification for the World Championships.
V Shem said they knew Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s game well and was proud to have finally won a title with Khim Wah, whose problems with service and consistency were the main reasons for the initial split.
"We feel proud to have been able to win our first title and also beat our seniors. We have been training together and know each other’s game well," said V Shem.
"I will continue supporting Khim Wah. If Khim Wah is confident, he plays very well and we can also progress faster and for that, we must have faith in each other’s abilities."
Khim Wah said despite facing a more established pair, he was just concentrating on winning the title and is now looking forward to preparing well for the World Championships, an event which they almost missed out on.
"I am happy to win the title and my aim is now to do well in the World Championships," said Khim Wah.
"We were under so much of pressure to qualify for the World Championships. We gave pour best shot in the Asian Championships and managed to reach the semi-finals to confirm our Guangzhou place.
"We have to keep working hard and aim for more victories after this."
Kien Keat said it was good to see the youngsters making the grade so that their burden could be shared.
"We didn’t take our chances in the first game and could not make a comeback as V Shem-Khim Wah read our game well. It is good to see the youngsters coming up to share the burden," said Kien Keat.
It remains to be seen if Kien Kien-Boon Heong taste any success in the grand prix gold or super series events after this while V Shem-Khim Wah’s victory is a clear indication that doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her and men’s doubles coach Paulus Firman should start focusing on the back-up pairs to prepare for the future.
Mixed doubles Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing, playing in their first international final, fell to a 20-22, 21-13, 21-17 defeat to Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan-Vita Marissa.
Results — (All Finals) Men’s Singles: Alamsyah Yunus (Ina) bt Goh Soon Huat 10-21, 21-9, 21-19.
Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong v Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah 22-20, 21-15.
Women’s Singles: P.V. Sindhu (Ind) bt Gu Juan (Sin) 21-17, 17-21, 21-19.
Doubles: Pia Zabedah-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) bt Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella-Vita Marissa (Ina) 21-17, 16-21, 21-17.
Mixed Doubles: Praveen Jordan-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing 20-22, 21-13, 21-17.