Glasgow 2014: Malaysia’s “Doubles” shot at gold

Can Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem (right) bring back the men's doubles gold medal?

Glasgow: Despite the disappointments of missing out on the gold of men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles, Malaysia still have two more chances to win gold – through men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and women’s doubles Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo.

In the semi-finals, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong shook off a slow start to beat England’s Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis of England 21-19, 21-19. The Malaysian pair has looked sloppy at times.Can Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem (right) bring back the men's doubles gold medal?

“Wei Feng and Daren Liew’s exit in quarter-finals were taking a toll on our mental balance. We almost blew a big lead in the second set, luckily, we were able to hang on,” said Wee Kiong. The duo will clash with Singapore’s Danny Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart in the final on Sunday. V-Shem and Wee Kiong defeated the Singaporean duo in the mixed team tie last week.

“We will not under-estimate the Singaporean pair. They will be well prepared and we are going to play our best to win the gold medal for Malaysia,” added Wee Kiong.

In women’s doubles, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo outclassed England’s Gabrielle Adcock-Lauren Smith 21-16, 21-11 in the women’s doubles semi-finals, and will play 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnaappa of India in the final on Sunday. Jwala-Ashwini knocked off Lim Yin Loo-Lai Pei Jing 21-7, 21-12 in the other semi-final.Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo faces daunting task in the final against defending champion, Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnaappa of India

“Our team morale definitely took a knock on Saturday due to some of our teammates has crashed out of the tournament. Nevertheless, we remained focused and managed to make it to the final,” said Vivian Hoo.

The Malaysian pair lost to Gutta-Ponnaappa in their only previous encounter at 2012 Korean Open.

“It’s going to be tough to play against the Indian pair. I lost to them in the quarter-finals of New Delhi Commonwealth Games with my previous partner- Chin Eei Hui. I was 21 years old at that time and was inexperienced. I will be ready for the battle on Sunday,” said Khe Wei.Khe Wei-Vivian, you can do it! would like to wish these two pairs best of luck in the final!


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