FORMER worldwide Koo Kien Keat believes the Malaysian males’s doubles pairs might have missed a golden alternative to win a world title on house soil by profiting from fan assist.
Kien Keat, who received the house title thrice with two totally different companions, mentioned the followers are totally different this season as a result of they offer full assist in victory and defeat.
Throughout his prime, Kien Keat went on to win his first title with Chan Chong Ming in 2006, adopted by 2007 and 2010 successes with longtime companion Tan Boon Heong.
“They need to have taken this chance to ship whereas we have been taking part in at house. The prize cash is sweet and the followers are actually loopy to assist our gamers however sadly, they did not ship,” mentioned Kien Keat.
“In my time, there was extra strain taking part in at house. The followers would boo once we have been trailing however in the present day’s younger era are those who watch the matches essentially the most.
“The brand new era will proceed to assist Malaysian gamers in any conditions. The followers are undoubtedly much less intimidating than in our period.
The Malaysian Open is likely one of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) tremendous 1000 tournaments, providing the very best prize cash on the world tour.
The doubles champions will share the prize cash of US$92,500 (RM401,000).
Malaysia has not received the lads’s doubles crown since Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong received in 2014.
One of the best bets of Malaysia, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, fell within the second spherical whereas the opposite two pairs of the Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM), Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and Man Wei Chong- Tee Kai Wun.
The unbiased pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yo have been one of the best native performers once they reached the quarter-finals earlier than they have been defeated by world No. 1 Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto in three matches.
Kien Keat additionally hopes that girls’s doubles Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah can be given room to attain extra earlier than being hailed as a world-class pair.
“They received the French Open however simply successful a title doesn’t make them a world-class pair. It’ll solely add strain on them… we should allow them to obtain extra outcomes,” added Kien Keat.
Kien Keat is hopeful that the Malaysian doubles pairs will begin exhibiting higher ends in the upcoming occasions, the place the subsequent event is the Indian Open in New Delhi which begins tomorrow.