V Shem-Wee Kiong drop to second
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.