Soon Hock and Bin Shen getting better results with new partners
By RAJES PAUL
KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttlers Ong Soon Hock and Tan Bin Shen were heading nowhere as a pair. Now, they are banking on their younger partners to help salvage their careers.
Soon Hock and Bin Shen are determined to make a mark with their new partners ” the back-up squad’s Hoon Thien How and Khoo Chung Chiat respectively.
Having played several international tournaments over the last three months, Soon Hock-Thien How have proven to be more consistent after reaching the semi-finals of the Indonesian and Taiwan Opens and the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open.
Soon Hock and Bin Shen are now hoping to guide their younger partners to greater heights when they compete in this week’s China Masters.
Soon Hock said that his partnership with Thien How had given his career a huge boost.
“My previous partnership (with Bin Shen) had stagnated. I achieved good results in my first tournament with Thien How (in the Singapore Open) but I still had my doubts. But when we continued to do well, I knew that there was a future in this partnership,” said Soon Hock, who is ranked world No. 49 with Thien How.
“Thien How plays well at the back court and is great with his smashes. I am sharp at the front. We are able to complement each other well. Hopefully, we can go all the way and make the cut for the top 16 for next year’s World Championships (in India).”
Bin Shen-Chung Chiat, meanwhile, did well at the Singapore Open, reaching the quarter-finals. But the pair have since crashed out in the early rounds of the Indonesian and Taiwan Opens.
They are ranked 71st in the world.
“We are still trying to settle down. There is still a lot more we can improve on. But Khoo is a good player and I will do my best to make this partnership work,” said Bin Shen.
There are also two other rising pairs determined to make their presence felt at the China Masters. They are world No. 58 Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Tan Wee Kiong, who did well to reach the semi-finals of the Singapore and Taiwan Opens recently, and Goh Wei Shem-Ong Jien Guo (world No. 70).