Saturday January 12, 2013
Shuttlers V Shem-Khim Wah win Kim Her over with good attitude
KUALA LUMPUR: Back-up shuttlers Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah’s gallant run came to an end in the quarter-finals of the Korean Open in Seoul but their good on-court attitude won over national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her.
Khim Wah-V Shem lost 16-21, 10-21 to the formidable South Korean pair of Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae in just 36 minutes.
But Kim Her hopes the duo, playing in their first tournament in six months, will continue to work on their combination in preparation for the Malaysian Open, which begins on Wednesday at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil.
“I’m happy for V Shem-Khim Wah. They worked together and helped each other on court throughout their campaign,” said Kim Her.
“Last year, they broke up when one started to undermine the other’s ability.
“I wish though that they had opened up the game a bit more against the Koreans today. Our boys did well with their relentless attacks but the Koreans were superior in defence. It did not help when the Malaysians made too made mistakes.
“Khim Wah-V Shem, however, can only get better if they fully focused on seeking excellence ... I hope they’ll make their way back to the top again.”
The duo were ranked 23rd at one stage last year but, after going separate ways, dropped to No. 37.
Their quarter-final finish in the Korean Open and a good showing in the upcoming Malaysian Open will surely push them up the world rankings.
They, however, have a challenging draw in the home tournament as they’ve been lumped in the same quarter as top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and world No. 9 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – the two pairs ranked above them.