In­jury will not de­ter Wee Kiong

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DOU­BLES player Tan Wee Kiong hurt his neck in train­ing be­fore leav­ing for New Delhi on Mon­day but the shut­tler and his part­ner Goh V Shem will rally on and play in the In­dia Open to­day.

Na­tional dou­bles coach Jeremy Gan said Wee Kiong sprained his neck in prac­tice on Satur­day but it is not a se­ri­ous prob­lem.

“Wee Kiong still can­not turn his neck on one side com­fort­ably but he is get­ting bet­ter. V Shem-Wee Kiong should be ready for their first match tomorrow,” said Jeremy in New Dehli yes­ter­day.

The top seeds will open against Thai­land’s Kit­tin­upong Ke­drenDechapol Puavaranukroh in the first round to­day.

The World No 2 are drawn to play fifth seeds Li Jun­hui-Liu Yuchen of China in the quar­ter­fi­nals and third seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mo­gensen of Den­mark in the semi-fi­nals.

Takeshi Ka­mura-Keigo Son­oda of Ja­pan are the se­cond seeds.

V Shem-Wee Kiong are ea­ger to win the In­dia Open as they want to re­gain the World No 1 rank­ing.

“Ev­ery pair in this tour­na­ment have qual­ity. It will not be easy. I have re­minded V Shem-Wee Kiong to treat all pairs with re­spect and also to fo­cus on their own per­for­mance,” said Jeremy.

In their first tour­na­ment of the sea­son, V Shem-Wee Kiong were ousted in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the All Eng­land in Birm­ing­ham early this month.

They had a fruit­ful sea­son in 2016 by win­ning the Dubai World Su­per Se­ries Fi­nals, Den­mark Open and the Syed Modi In­ter­na­tional but their big­gest suc­cess was re­turn­ing with a sil­ver medal from the Rio Olympics.

All Eng­land fi­nal­lists and fourth seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will start their mixed dou­bles cam­paign against In­dia’s Venkat Gau­rav Prasad-Juhi De­wan­gan to­day. Ajit­pal Singh

Goh V Shem (left) and Tan Wee Kiong

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