PASIR GUDANG: Malaysia's top pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand – were miserable on the opening day of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang.
Malaysian No. 1 Thien How-Wee Kiong lost to Singaporeans Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart 16-21, 20-22 in a 39-minute match on Wednesday.
After the match, Wee Kiong said that they seriously need to examine what went wrong.
“Our services were faulted several times.The same problem happened at the German Open and All-England. This disrupted our rhythm” said Wee Kiong.
“We can only blame ourselves. Thien How and I need to get to the root cause of our problems,” said Wee Kiong, who can only wish for quick rebound at the India Open Superseries in New Delhi next week.
On the other hand, the defending champions - Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, were out for a solid start by beating Indonesians Yohanese Rendy Sugiarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan 21-17, 21-17.
Independent shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif was full of joy after upsetting SEA Games silver medallist Tanongsak 21-19, 21-18 in 31 minutes.
Arif said that it was his best performance after becoming independent shuttler (he is now playing under One Badminton Academy).
“I have played against Tanongsak back when we were junior, and I was very confident when I was on the court. I am more relaxed and fitness has improved as an independent player. I have enough energy in the gas in my tank to play another good match,” said Arif, who has been training under Indonesian Nova Armada since January.
Arif, will face Taiwanese Yang Chih-hsun on Thursday.
Other Malaysians players that made it to the second round are Chong Wei Feng, Soo Teck Zhi, Goh Soon Huat, Yeoh Seng Zoe, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub.
Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli was rushed to the hospital after falling on his knee during his match against Siswanto of Indonesia. He retired at 10-14.
There was another casualty when defending champion Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia failed to show up for his match against Peranut.