PETALING JAYA: Not even a demoralising first-round loss in the All-England badminton championships can douse the fire within national No. 2 men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.
They had big dreams about their All-England debut but it was cruelly dashed by Taiwan’s world No. 20 pair of Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han, who won 21-14, 13-21, 21-18 at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday.
“We were overwhelmed and didn’t play to our strength. Our standard isn’t that far off our opponents’ but we made many unforced errors … it was a good experience,” admitted Yew Sin.
“This defeat will make us stronger.”
The duo will shift their focus to the second-tier Swiss Open in Basel next week.
Hopes are high on Yew Sin-Ee Yi as national No. 1 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong won’t be competing in the Grand Prix Gold tournament.
But another first-round exit seems to be on the cards as Yew Sin-Ee Yi are drawn to meet second seeds Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China.
“Our first goal is to get our rhythm back. We don’t want to be overawed by our opponents this time,” said Yew Sin.
With Yew Sin-Ee Yi out of the All-England, it will now be up to Olympic silver medallists Wee Kiong-V Shem to end Malaysia’s 10-year title drought in men’s doubles.
Koo Kien Keat-Boon Heong were the last Malaysians to win the men’s doubles crown in 2007.
Wee Kiong-V Shem came through the opener with a 21-15, 21-18 win over Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi of Japan on Wednesday. They will take on unseeded Liu Xiaolong-Xu Chen for a place in the quarter-finals.
Malaysia enjoyed a memorable start in mixed doubles when Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing easily checked into the second round.
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