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BAM cool talk of breaking up national No. 1 women’s pair


The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have cooled talk of ending the partnership of national No. 1 women’s pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei.

The world No. 13 have come under heavy fire following uninspiring performances in the Sudirman Cup in May and the Indonesian Open last week.
The pair, who are being targeted to win gold at the KL SEA Games from Aug 19-30, have also been dropped from this week’s Australian Open in Sydney.
BAM technical director Morten Frost explained that their plan was for the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallists to “focus on raising their game by training harder”.
“It’s not really a punishment for Vivian-Khe Wei. It’s just that we have to address their dip in form at home,” said Frost.
“Their performance in Indonesia was really bad and they’re just not up to the mark right now.
“It’s better to regroup and go through more training than letting them go to Australia and suffer a bigger blow to their confidence with the way they’re playing now.”
BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria chipped in: “There are high expectations on Vivian-Khe Wei and they need to shoulder some responsibility.
“As Olympians and the pillar of the women’s doubles squad, it’s important for them to show some leadership and put up good showings in important tournaments.
“Right now their target is the SEA Games. We need them to deliver there ... it’s important they train harder.”
Without Vivian-Khe Wei and men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei, who also withdrew from the Australian meet, Malaysia’s challenge will be shouldered by men’s doubles pairs Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and mixed doubles combinations Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See.
World No. 4 V Shem-Wee Kiong, who did not compete in the Indonesian Open, are seeded fourth and face Japan’s Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko in today’s first round.
World No. 23 Yew Sin-Ee Yi have been handed a stroke of good luck after their opponents – world No. 3 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia – withdrew from the competition.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi will now meet homesters Simon Wing Hang Leung-Mitchell Wheller and should have a clear run to the quarter-finals, where they should meet seventh seeds Huang Kaixiang-Wang Yilyu of China.

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