Friday March 8, 2013
Lady luck evades promising Khim Wah and V Shem
MALAYSIA’S rising stars Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem had the passion, drive and determination. Unfortunately, lady luck deserted them.
And that saw them losing 21-12, 21-23, 18-21 to Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata in the first round of the All-England on Wednesday.
The Malaysians led 19-17 in the second game and 17-14 in the rubber game but were done in by their eagerness to end the games on both occasions.
Despite the defeat, the duo can walk tall as they showed that they have the hunger to take their game to higher level.
Khim Wah was crestfallen after the defeat but has vowed to come back stronger.
“I wish we had a little luck as V Shem and I played well,” said Khim Wah.
Said V Shem: “We fought hard and were aggressive from the start ... we almost had them but we couldn’t nick it when it mattered most.
“We’ll continue to fight and confirm our place for the World Championships.”
V Shem-Khim Wah are ranked 19th in the world and need to stay within the top 24 to qualify for the world meet in Guangzhou in August.
National doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her said that he would send them to all the tournaments until the qualifying period ends. Besides next week’s Swiss Open, they will also take part in the New Zealand Open, Australian Open, Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) and the India Open.
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