V Shem-Wee Kiong drop to sec­ond

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AF­TER four months of sit­ting on top of the world rank­ings, men’s dou­bles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have been de­throned by In­done­sia’s Gideon Mar­cus Fer­naldi-Kevin San­jaya Suka­muljo.

In the Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion’s (BWF) lat­est list yesterday, Gideon-Kevin, who clinched the All Eng­land ti­tle on Sun­day, moved up to No 1 with V ShemWee Kiong now sec­ond.

V Shem, when con­tacted said: “We did the cal­cu­la­tion fol­low­ing our quar­ter-fi­nal exit in Birm­ing­ham and we knew that we were go­ing down.

“Of course we are dis­ap­pointed and it’s quite wor­ri­some be­cause Wee Kiong and I couldn’t give our best due to my right an­kle in­jury.

“Our hope now is to do well in our up­com­ing tour­na­ments to re­gain our No 1 spot.

“First up, we have the In­dia Open (Mar 28-Apr 4), fol­lowed by the Malaysia Open (Apr 4-9) and the Sin­ga­pore Open (Apr 11-16).”

V Shem, who suf­fered the in­jury prior to the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Ulu Kinta, Perak in Fe­bru­ary, is now rac­ing against time to be fit be­fore leav­ing for New Delhi.

“I must ad­mit that I am still not at my best. De­spite re­sum­ing train­ing on court, I am still un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ev­ery­day.

“I would say that my re­cov­ery is now at about 70 per cent. Hope­fully, I will have re­cov­ered fully be­fore leav­ing for New Delhi.”

V Shem-Wee Kiong rose to the top of the world rank­ings last year af­ter win­ning sil­ver at the Rio Olympics and the Den­mark Open Su­per Se­ries Premier in Oc­to­ber.

The pair also bagged the World Su­per Se­ries Fi­nals crown in Dubai in De­cem­ber.

Mean­while, mixed dou­bles’ Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying moved up two rungs to No 6 af­ter reach­ing the All Eng­land fi­nal.

Goh V Shem (left) and Tan Wee Kiong held on to the dou­bles World No 1 spot for four months.

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