KUALA LUMPUR: It never rains but it pours. That idiom is apt in describing the wretched run of national men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong of late.
The pair, who have been on a downward spiral since losing in the bronze medal playoff at the London Olympics last year, were sent packing in the second round of the Indonesia Open in Jakarta yesterday.
The third-seeded Kien Keat-Boon Heong went down to old timers Alven Yulianto-Markis Kido of Indonesia 21-23, 15-21 in 34 minutes – thus failing to get the breakthrough they yearned ahead of the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.
The Malaysians, however, were not the only seeded casualties yesterday.
Reigning All-England champions and seventh seeds Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China also crashed out after retiring at 15-13 against England’s Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis.