Sunday March 10, 2013
No shame for duo despite quarter-final defeat
WOMEN shuttlers Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo’s challenge may have ended in the quarter-finals, but it has also set a pathway for better things for the duo.
For a start, national doubles coach Rosman Razak has confirmed them as Malaysia’s top pair for the Sudirman Cup world mixed team competition in Kuala Lumpur from May 19-26.
On Friday, the duo lost meekly to Japan’s Miyuki Maeda-Satoko Suetsuna 16-21, 13-21 – and it paled in comparison to their gutsy performance in upsetting fourth seeds Eom Hye-won-Jang Ye-na of South Korea in the second round.
In the first round, the Malaysian pair had beaten Sweden’s Emilie Lennartsson-Emma Wengberg 21--11, 21-13.
Rosman said that Khe Wei-Vivian’s overall performances in the All-England had erased any doubts he had over their ability to come good.
“I was quite worried about Khe Wei’s foot injury and I didn’t want to push her before she was ready,” he said.
That was also the reason why he pulled them out of the Malaysian Open in January – so as to give Khe Wei time to recover completely from her injury.
But their strong showing in their first tournament at the All-England has impressed Rosman.
“I must commend Khe Wei for her dedication in following her rehabilitation programme. Khe Wei and Vivian were patient and this is their reward (a place in top eight),” he said.
Vivian hoped that her partner would not be bogged down with any more injuries.
“Overall, it’s been a good outing for us here. There’s a chance for us to qualify for the World Championships ... so, it is important for us to stay injury-free,” said Vivian.
“We’ll be competing in the Swiss Open next week and several other Opens. It’ll be great if we can win at least one but not at the expense of another injury to Khe Wei. We’ll take it step by step.”