Wee Kiong, V Shem clinch Chinese Taipei Open in dramatic fashion

By Nicolas Anil 8 September 2019 638
Wee Kiong, V Shem clinch Chinese Taipei Open in dramatic fashion

Men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong battled through blood, sweat and tears to claim their first title in eight months.

They overcame South Koreans Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung-jae 21-19, 15-21, 23-21 to win the Chinese Taipei Open.

Sunday’s dramatic triumph, earned in 62 minutes, was the duo’s second success in 2019 having clinched the Thailand Masters back in January.

Goh-Tan had been in scintillating form at this tournament, having dispatched former world number one Lee Yong-dae-Kim Gi-jung in the quarter-finals in just 37 minutes.

They continued in the same vein in the semis, coming from a game down to beat experienced Danish pair Mathias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen 18-21, 21-11, 21-12.

In the final, Goh-Tan started off strongly to take the opening game 21-19, but the Koreans recovered to level at 21-15.

Their fitness levels proved to be decisive in the decider as their relentless attacks in the closing stages paid off handsomely.

The victory proved they were slowly beginning to rediscover their best form, which took them to the top of the world standings in 2016.

The world number 15 pair were below par until last year, and eventually made the decision to leave the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to go independent.

The move looks to be paying off, as Goh-Tan also did well at the Malaysia Masters and New Zealand Open with semi-final showings this year.

Both shuttlers will be aiming to take this form to the China Open, which begins on September 17 and features some of the world’s best pairs.

Goh-Tan will face Dutch duo Jelle Mas-Robin Tabeling in their opening match.

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