In their quest to deliver their best at the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open this week, Malaysia's No 1 men's doubles pair, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, are making full use of the time they have to get their act together before the competition gets underway tomorrow
Following their semifinal appearance at the India Open on Saturday, the duo were already on court at the Malawati Stadium on Sunday afternoon, along with their coach Jeremy Gan, to get a feel of the venue. V Shem-Wee Kiong lost to Indonesia's Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 15-21, 17-21 in the semis.
"We have a tough draw but from what I see these days no one pair can be counted as a favourite, even if the pair is a topseed. This is the trend seen in tournament these days," said Jeremy.
V Shem-Wee Kiong are in the top half of the draw with South Korean topseeds Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong. The Malaysians play Taiwanese pair Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin in the first round and a win will see them cross path with Yong-dae-Yeon-seong in the second round.
"The second round match will plot our path on how far we can go in the Malaysian Open. If we can beat Yong-dae-Yeon-seong there is hope. Nothing is impossible.
"Of late, we have seen the favourites dropping out. So anything can happen, especially when the chase for Olympic points is coming to a close. It is tough playing back-to-back tournaments with all the top players competing and this has made things tougher.
"We did well in India but faltered at the crucial stage," said Jeremy, who hopes playing in front of the home fans could see the Commonwealth Games champions go the distance.