Malaysia lost their last representatives at the ongoing Japan Open in Tokyo on Friday when the nation’s top doubles pair, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, crashed out in the quarter-finals.
V Shem and Wee Kiong survived just 29 minutes against Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi, Indonesia’s second-ranked doubles pair; eventually losing 16-21, 13-21.
Their defeat comes just hours after Malaysia’s top male singles player Lee Chong Wei and top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were eliminated from the second round on Thursday.
This is the third time that V Shem and Wee Kiong have suffered defeat to Pratama and Karanda this year. They also lost at the Singapore SEA Games in June and the Taiwan Open in July.
“They have grown to be a strong pair. And it did not help that we played poorly. Wee Kiong and I could not get our game going today,” V Shem told Thestar.com.my.
“We will find a way to end our losing streak against them,” added V Shem, who will head to the Korean Open in Seoul next week.
Morten Frost, BAM’s technical director, chose to take a positive outlook on the defeat.
“We just have to accept that the Indonesians played much better. Pratama played a key role in the Indonesians’ victory. He was controlling the game with so much confidence,” said Frost.
“Our boys did well to reach the quarter for the first time but there is more work ahead for them.”