“Doubles troubles”: A good problem to have

Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem celebrate after delivering the winning point for Malaysia by beating South Korea's world No.4 Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang.

Kuala Lumpur: Although they were temporarily paired up during the Thomas Cup Finals, but the pair of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have shown a strong potential for becoming the best men’s doubles pair in the world. The pair played their first game in the Thomas Cup Finals against Akshay Dewalkar-Pranaav Jerry Chopra of India by winning 21-17 14-21 21-14; They then defeated world number four Kim Sa Rang-Kim Ki Jung 21-17 21-19 in the last game of Group C. They tamed Carsten Mogensen – Joachim Fischer Nielsen of Denmark 21-19, 21-13, and came to the rescue to level the tie at 2-2 when they defeated Keigo Sonoda – Takeshi Kamura 19-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the Thomas Cup final. Their stayed calm under pressure and they were confident in launching attacks against their opponents.Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem celebrate after delivering the winning point for Malaysia by beating South Korea's world No.4 Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang.


Another scratch pair of Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How also showed significant potential to rise to the top by toppling world number one pair Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan in the 3-0 semi-final’s Malaysia win over Indonesia. However, BadmintonPlanet.com have said this long time ago, and will mention this one more time, if Hoon Thien How continues to struggle with weight issues, he can only be a second-tier player for the rest of his career. Again and again, his speed, stamina, agility and durability limitations made him the main target and exposed him to fierce attacks from the opponents during a high- intensity and hard-fought game.

According to the national doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang, he will consider making these pairs permanent after the World Championships in Copenhagen in August.

“It’s hard judge them from one tournament, but I am extremely happy with our men’s doubles in Thomas Cup. Frankly, I have been trying different combinations of these guys since February, I want them to be flexible to partner with anybody if needed” said Cheh Chang.

“I want to be fair with everyone, we want the two pairs who qualified for the world meet to play in Copenhagen, otherwise all their hard work to make themself qualified in the world championships would be wasted,” added Cheh Chang

Having said that, Cheh Chang will make some tweaking in next month’s the Japan Open Superseries – June 10-15, where Tan Wee Kiong will resume his original partnership with Hoon Thien How, Goh V Shem will play with Tan Boon Heong and Lim Khim Wah will partner with Ow Yao Han. It is very likely he will play the Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong combination in the Australia Open which will be held June 24 to June 29 at States Sports Centre, Sydney, Australia.


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