BUKIT JALIL: National doubles shuttler Hoon Thien How is rallying his team-mates to lift the gloom in the men’s doubles department by ending a four-year rut at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The men’s doubles have failed to win any Super Series titles for the past four years since Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong nailed the home title in 2010.
This year, Malaysia will be represented by Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and independent shuttlers Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazri-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and all four will start from the main draw on Wednesday.
The others - Tan Yip Jiun-Yew Hong Kheng, Tan Chee Tean-Yin Wong Fai, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi, Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Hafiz Hashim, Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock and Jagdish Singh-Roni Tan Wee Long are aiming to come through the qualifying round starting on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is optimistic the healthy rivalry between Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem will revive Malaysia’s fortunes this season.
Malaysia have been starved off major Open titles from the men’s doubles department over the last three years.
Thien How-Wee Kiong defeated Khim Wah-V Shem in a closely-fought final in the National Grand Prix Finals at Putrajaya last month, sparking a promise that the country’s second and third-ranked pairs are set to snap at each other’s heels this year.
The two pairs will get to show who are better when they begin their campaigns in the season-opener Korean Open in Seoul on Wednesday.