Copenhagen: Former world number one men’s doubles pair, Koo Kien Keat – Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia, presented a fascinating game in the second round of World Championships when they trashed world number 19 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China 21-14, 21-18 in 34 minutes.
Although Koo Kien Keat is 29 year-old and is not as athletic as before, he could still launch spate of deadly smashes that troubled his younger Chinese opponents.
“We didn’t set any specific target in this World Championships, because we haven’t been training and playing together for a long time. I just want to enjoy the game,” said Kien Keat.
Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were grounded after their first-round defeat in the Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium in January 2014, and they were split up after Kien Keat decided quit the national team in February.
As for Tan Boon Heong, he was satisfied with their performance today.
“We won the first set easily, but we made few mistakes towards the end of second set. Luckily, we were able to prevail in straight sets. I am excited to play with Kien Keat again,” said Boon Heong.
The duo will play Taiwan’s Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin who received a walkover from Malaysian pair Goh V Shem/Lim Khim Wah due to back injury suffered by V Shem during the match.