V Shem hopes to end title drought

KUALA LUMPUR: Admitting luck has not been on their side so far, men’s doubles player Goh V Shem stressed that he has not given up hope on ending his title drought with partner Tan Wee Kiong.

V Shem said the duo are determined to do well at the Malaysian Open which starts tomorrow in Bukit Jalil but knows it will not be easy, even on home soil.

“We always give our best in every tournament, obviously, we want to win,” said V Shem, who won the Malaysian Open in 2014 with Lim Khim Wah.

“We consider the Malaysian Open as another chance for us to win a title and we have prepared well. However, you have to remember that the competition in men’s doubles in quite close at the moment.”

V Shem-Wee Kiong’s performance has deteriorated since winning the Super Series Finals in Dubai in 2016. The duo were subsequently split up for four months starting from September before being reunited early this year.

But their form has not seen much improvement and were criticised for their poor performance at the Thomas Cup in Bangkok last month.

“We actually played well at the Thomas Cup and did our best. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” added V Shem.

“We do not want to think about the Thomas Cup anymore as the focus now is on the Malaysian Open. We hope to do well for the Malaysian fans.”

The World No 16 will open their campaign against Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet-Kittisak Namdash in the first round.

Three other Malaysian men’s pairs — Teo Ei Yi-Ong Yew Sin, Low Juan Shen-Chooi Kah Ming and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik — are also in the main draw.

Source: New Straits Times

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