A strong finish at the Malaysian Open will go a long way for Malaysian doubles duo of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong in their quest to make the cut for the Rio Olympics. With few events remaining to collect precious ranking points, the Malaysian pair must get over their performance at the Swiss Open and return with a vengeance in the Malaysian Open.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, ranked No 13 in the world, defeated Kien Keat-Boon Heong at the recent Yonex All-England Championships in Birmingham to give them a solid boost. But last week at the Swiss Open, V Shem-Wee Kiong suffered a surprise defeat in the second round. They lost 17-21, 14-21 to Danish pair, Mathias Christiansen-David Daugaard, ranked No 41 in the world.
V Shem-Wee Kiong were runners-up in last year's Swiss Open and were expected to reach the semi-finals at least. Kien Keat-Boon Heong however had a good run in Basel when they reached the semi-finals.
V Shem pointed to fatigue for their loss as the pair played in three major tournaments in as many weeks.
World No 15 Kien Keat-Boon Heong also lamented on the failure to make the final as a place in the final would have brightened things up for the duo in their bid to reach their third Olympics. They played in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. With the chase for Olympic points coming to a close at the end of next month things will only get tougher.
Three major tournaments could decide who will be on the flight to Rio de Janeiro – the Indian Open (March 29-April 3), Malaysian Open (April 5-10) and the Singapore Open (April 12-17).