Malaysian badminton had little time to let dust settle on the unexpected, early departure of Lee Chong Wei before another of their big medal hopes suffered the same fate in Glasgow.
Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong – the 2016 Olympic silver medallists – harboured lofty ambitions of a world title in Glasgow but were knocked out at the first attempt by South Korea’s Chung Eui Seuk and Kim Dukyoung – a pair who were ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as December.
The fifth seeds carrying extra pressures after Chong Wei’s exit never led in their 18-21 16-21 defeat and were never allowed to gather the pace and momentum on which their a-game is built to such effect.
Questions have previously been raised about the Malaysian’s mindset and temperament on the big occasion – questions which, some believed were put to bed in Rio – but they were out of sorts here, stifled by opponents who out manoeuvred them.
Whilst Goh and Tan boast a CV including the 2016 Superseries Finals title and a Commonwealth Games gold, secured at the Emirates Arena in 2014, their opponents are more akin to life in the Grand Prix Gold circuit.
Now Chung and Kim are likely to see a significant hike on their world ranking of 55 and with another pair of Rio medallists, in the form of Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis, to face in Round 3 can their unknown quantity carry them into the World quarter finals?