World’s number 1 men’s doubles duo Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong crashed out of 2017 All England quarter finals last week.
The pair failed to outclass 6th seeded Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China, as the Chinese pair defeated them 19-21, 21-17, 19-21 in under 66 minutes on Friday.
This turned out to be a major head-scratcher; it should have been a fairly easy feat for the world’s number 1 pair to defeat a sixth seeded team. Was it a matter of strategy? Injury? What went wrong for our men’s doubles team?
According to the national men’s doubles coach, Jeremy Gan, there were a few things that contributed to the quarter finals’ elimination. A huge factor that plagued the pair’s All England campaign was V Shem’s ankle injury.
“I think the injury definitely disrupted their focus, especially for V Shem. His movements were not very smooth during the match.” Jeremy Gan told Harian Metro.
Apart from that, Jeremy Gan noted that the pair made a few mistakes during service and when reaching for the shuttle to retaliate. A few combinations used when reaching for the shuttle could have also been better.
The coach urged Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong to rectify their mistakes as soon as possible, as they will be competing in the Indian Open come 28th of March.
Good luck to the pair, and we wish V Shem a speedy recovery!