Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Left-handed shuttler Khe Wei looking forward to making debut at Asiad

KUALA LUMPUR: It will be a new beginning for young shuttler Woon Khe Wei when she gets into action in two events at the Asian Games in Guangzhou from Nov 12-27.
The 21-year-old will be teaming up with Koo Kien Keat and Marylen Ng Paou Leng for the first time in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles events respectively.
And she has vowed to gain as much experience as possible in her bid to become the country’s reliable top woman doubles shuttler.
She also said that it was an honour playing with Kien Keat.
New Beginning: Left-handed Woon Khe Wei will start her partnership with Koo Kien Keat and Marylen in the mixed and women's doubles at the Asian Games.
Kien Keat was in superb form in the recent New Delhi Commonwealth Games when he bagged three gold medals – mixed team, men’s doubles (with Tan Boon Heong) and mixed doubles (with Chin Eei Hui).
In fact, it was Kien Keat-Eei Hui who delivered the crucial point in the mixed doubles to help Malaysia beat India for the gold medal in the mixed team event.
It will be a tall order to expect Khe Wei to follow the example set by Eei Hui, who did well to win the mixed doubles gold in her first partnership with Kien Keat in New Delhi.
But the Laos SEA Games doubles champion has vowed to give her best.
“Eei Hui is not selected for the Asian Games because the coach (Pang Cheh Chang) wants her to rest her injured back. I am her replacement,” said Khe Wei.
“I am proud to be given this opportunity to play with Koo. He is such a high-profile player and he gives so much in every game. He is a great fighter and he is always steady despite great pressure from the opponents.
“I hope to learn as much as possible from him. But, because of my inexperience, it will be tough for us to win a medal. My promise is that I will give my best to complement with Koo and give our opponents a run for their money.”
Khe Wei is also looking forward to hitting it off well with Marylen.
In a move to find a strong second women’s doubles pair, Cheh Chang has forged two new parnerships – Khe Wei-Marylen and Vivian Hoo-Lim Yin Loo.
“The Asiad will be my first outing with Marylen. There are no pairs snapping at the heels of Wong Pei Tty-Eei Hui. Hopefully, Marylen and I can be the next top pair. The Asiad will be a good exposure for us,” said Khe Wei.
Cheh Chang described Khe Wei as a suitable partner for Kien Keat “because she is a left-handed player”.
“Koo’s partner, Boon Heong, is a left-handed player. Eei Hui is also a leftie. So, it will not be too difficult for Koo to partner Khe Wei and guide her,” said Cheh Chang.
“It will be too much to ask for a miracle from them though ... because the challenge in the Asiad is stiffer (than the Commonwealth Games). I want Khe Wei to learn as much as possible from Koo.”
Khe Wei-Kien Keat have been handed a tough mixed doubles draw, meeting Indonesia’s promising pair of Tantowi Ahmad-Lilyana Natsir in the opening round.
In the women’s doubles, Khe Wei-Marylen may meet South Koreans Ha Jung-eun-Lee Kyung-won in the second round

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