Saturday, August 04, 2012


Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were blown off the court by a devastating display by China's Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng in the mens doubles semi finals of the London Olympics at the Wembley Arena.

It took just 34 minutes for the Chinese players to register a 21-9, 21-19 win and as for the Malaysians they will now have to try win the bronze medal.

Though they failed to make the final, coach Tan Kim Her said that he has decided to retain the pair until the 2014 Asian Games.

"Yes there were plans to split them up after the Olympics but their performances here have justified that they be retained as a pair until the Asian Games at least," said Kim Her.

"They played well overall here and the defeat in the semis was due to the fact that the Chinese were able to counter everything we tried against them.

"It is back to the drawing boards as we find ways to overcome the Chinese and Korean pairs."

Koo however preferred to talk about the bronze medal playoff rather then talk about their future.

"We made just too many errors in the first set and before we know it the lead was to big to chase. One cannot give them the upperhand and we just were unable to cope with them," said Koo.

"We just have to put this behind us and look towards the bronze medal play off. As for the future let's talk about it after the Olympics as there are just too many things to consider."

The first set was over with the blink of the eyes as the Chinese were all over Koo/Tan, racing to a 13-6 lead as the Malaysians were searching for answers.

And it was all over in 13 minutes as the Chinese raced to a 21-9 win.

It was a much better performance in the sercond as it was a point for point battle until 9-9 before the Chinese pair pulled away to lead 13-11.

However they Chinese pair was surely a class above as they extended their lead to 18-13 before wrapping up their place in the final with a 21-19 win.