DOUBLES men shuttlers Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem had a problematic partnership in the past but that will be a thing of the past going by their solid performance in their Sudirman Cup debut.
On Tuesday, Khim Wah-V Shem lived up to their coaches’ faith by winning a point in the tie against Germany with a 21-16, 23-21 win over Ingo Kindervater-Johaness Schoettler but the duo’s win was in vain.
Malaysia lost 2-3 and were sent packing out of the Sudirman Cup at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil. It was the country’s first ever defeat to Germany in a team event.
For the quick Khim Wah-V Shem, it was the second time that they have performed above expectations in a major event.
At the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia, the duo pulled off an upset over Indonesia’s Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano to reach the semi-finals. But after that, their performances had been inconsistent and in fact, lack of mistrust saw their partnership being split up for six months last year.
They were reunited in January and the duo have put their differences aside and booked a place for the World Championships in Guangzhou in August. Two weeks ago, they achieved a breakthrough when they defeated seniors Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to nail their first Open title in the Malaysian Grand Prix Gold tournament.
National chief coach Tan Kim Her said that it was time for Khim Wah-V Shem to take the bull by the horn and move forward to achieve greater things.
“They know the mistakes of taking their partnership for granted in the past and I hope that they have learnt from it. They delivered and showed that they can be depended on and it is time for them to move forward,” said Kim Her.
“We gave them a chance to prove themselves and named them ahead of Koo-Tan and they did take their chances well.” Kim Her, especially, was happy with V Shem’s change of attitude on court.
“In order to be successful in the doubles event, the two players must support and trust one another. If one does not have faith in the other, they cannot sustain their performances. I saw V Shem supporting Khim Wah and they should keep it up,” said Kim Her.
“Several pairs are way ahead and Khim Wah-v Shem must catch up and hopefully, Malaysia will enjoy more good times with this pair.”
Khim Wah-V Shem’s next international assignment is the Singapore Open from June 18-23 while Kien Keat-Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong have been entered for the Indonesian Open from June 10-16.
“All three pairs will be competing in the world championships. There are still much to be done if we harbour hopes to be among the medallists.”
When asked about the poor showing of Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Kim Her said: “They have about three more months before the world championships and we hope that they will recover from the setback,” he added.