There were no problems for Malaysian doubles pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong to book their place in the quarterfinals of the World Championships at the Wembley Arena in London this evening.
They were in their element , disposing off the challenge of Taiwan’s Chen Hung Ling/Lin Yu Lang 21-13, 21-14.
But the real challenge awaits them in the last eight where they will be up against Ko Sung hyun/Yoo Yeon Seong of Korea, a pair that they have never beaten in their four meetings thus far, with the latest defeat at the BWF Super series finals in January
“We will go out there and give it our best shot. Win or lose does not matter as what is important is that we put up our best performance and the result will follow,” said Koo.
“Statistics may not be in our favour but it’s a different match each time we play them and we aim to make the most of it.
“It’s not as if we will be satisfied making the last eight as everyone wants to win but we have to realize that our opponents are a class above.”
It was a slow start by the Malaysian pair as they made several mistakes in the opening stages of the match.
Koo/Tan trailed until they drew level at 6-6 before reeling off two points to take the lead for the first time in the first set.
And they wet into the breather leading 11-7 after the Taiwanese pair made several errors in judgments and left the shuttle when it was clearly in.
Koo/Tan were growing in confidence and took a six-point lead 13-7 and looked comfortable.
And they sealed the first set 21-13 in just 13 minutes, putting themselves in the driving seat for a place in the last eight.
It was the same story in the second set with Koo/Tan in devastating form, reeling off points with relative ease as they raced to a 11-8 lead. And they finished off the second 21-14 and await the Korean might.