IT looks like men doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong may not get a chance to play in Malaysia’s next Group C tie against Germany in the Sudirman Cup tomorrow.
Although a decision has not been made, all indications show they may be rested if the comments by chief coaches Rashid Sidek and Tan Kim Her are any indication during a post press conference after Malaysia’s shocking 2-3 defeat to Taiwan in their opening tie yesterday.
Rashid said that Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s 18-21, 18-21 loss to Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chai-hsin had sent a rippling effect on the team’s performances yesterday.
“I did not expect this. Our plan was to win the men’s doubles, men’s singles and mixed doubles but we could not deliver because of Koo-Tan’s defeat,” said Rashid.
“In fact, even Sonia (Cheah) felt the effect. She had beaten her opponent (Tai Tzu-ying) before but she could not play her game at all. We will discuss on what is the best strategy against Germany next (tomorrow),” he said.
Kim Her was more subdued despite the defeat and said that Boon Heong had lost his concentration mid way through the match.
“No, there is no misunderstanding or any other problems. I spoke to Boon Heong and he said that he lost his concentration and he did not have the feel of the game,” said Kim Her.
“But of course, we will discuss their performances in the team meeting. We will decide our best line-up against Germany,” said Kim Her.
When asked whether his other players – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah were ready to play if Kien Keat-Boon Heong were rested, Kim Her said: “As I said before, all three pairs are ready to play. The back-up players are ready. For now, we have to decide which pair will best suit our strategy against Germany.”