Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Lim-Chan still have a chance to make either Asiad or Commonwealth Games
And the young men’s pair of Lim Khim Wah-Chan Peng Soon hope to dislodge one of the established combinations to earn a place in either one of the two Games this year.
Khim Wah-Peng Soon made their mark among the men’s doubles back-up pairs with two international Open titles last year.
They defeated former national pairs Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah en route to the Thai Open title in July.
Khim Wah-Peng Soon also chalked up a notable upset, beating the country’s second ranked pair, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif, to reach the semi-finals of the Terengganu Open in October.
They were semi-finalists in the Vietnam Open and went on take the Malaysia International Challenge title in Ipoh in November.
With a lot to fight for in their second year as a pair, the 20-year-old Khim Wah said that it was all about continuing to show good results and improving on their world rankings.
Khim Wah-Peng Soon are now ranked at 58th in the world after playing in four international events thus far.
“We will get to play in the Malaysian Open Super Series later this month and in the German Open next month,” said Khim Wah.
“If we do well in the Malaysian Open, we will probably get the chance to play in the All-England. The plan is for us to compete in Grand Prix events and take it from there.
“We hope to maintain some form of consistency similar to last year and make our way up the world rankings. Our target is to break into the top 20 before the end of the year and win at least one Open title. If we can do that, we have the chances to get into the team for the Commonwealth Games or Asian Games.”
The Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi in October while the Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou in November.
Khim Wah was a world junior mixed doubles champion with Ng Hui Lin in 2007 and said that they would also play in the event this years.
Khim Wah now partners Vivian Hoo while Peng Soon forms a combination with Goh Liu Ying. STAR