PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s SEA Games squad suffered a blow when a host of them tumbled out in the first round of the Macau Open GP Gold on Wednesday.
Men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang were the biggest culprits, losing to China’s youngsters Huang Kaixiang-Zheng Si Wei 11-21, 15-21.
It was a disappointing result for the pair, particularly V Shem, who has loads of experience competing in Super Series events.
The pair, who are expected to lead the challenge in Naypyitaw next month, were way below par and Malaysia should not place too much hope on them to deliver at the SEA Games.
The young Chinese pair, meanwhile, will go on to face top seeds Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin of Taiwan in the second round.
Mixed doubles fourth seeds Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo were the next to fall, going down 18-21, 11-21 in just 29 minutes to Taiwan’s Chen Hung Ling-Lee Chia Hsin.