Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong insist they are mentally prepared for a YONEX All England title challenge despite increased expectations in their homeland after recent successes.
Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair reached the semi-finals in Birmingham last March and it took Japan’s three-time finalists, Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa, to halt their progress.
But buoyed by their first Superseries title together – at the Denmark Open – an Olympic silver and being crowned World Superseries Finals champions at the end of last year, the pair head to Barclaycard Arena as world number ones and, significantly, top seeds.
Speaking to Malaysia’s The Star Online, Wee Kiong said: “I think we have a good chance at the All England as we’ve got a decent draw.
We have some young Japanese and Chinese pairs in our path but I believe we’ll be mentally prepared.”
“Although this is not an Olympic year, we’re still taking it very seriously … it would be good to start our season with a win.
“We had a good run last year, so that’s why expectations on us are higher,” said Wee Kiong.
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