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Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong Lost In Again Malaysia Open

All Malaysian double pairs lost in Malaysia Open 2008. Hope the men single Lee Chong Wei and women single Wong Mew Choo will make it. Hope the fighting spirit is still there.

I really can’t believe that Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong lost in our home ground again after their defeat last year in the same venue, Bukit Jalil. Feel kinda sad.

Koo Kien Keat - Tan Boon Heong Lost In Malaysia Open 2008
Unbelievable: Denmark’s Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen celebrate their win over Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong during the second round of the Malaysian Open. The Danish pair won 21-19, 18-21, 21-16.

Kien Keat had to run all over the court to do most of the work and the Danish pair, world champions in 2003, capitalised on it by targeting Boon Heong in the rubber game.

The signs were already there when the world number one pair struggled to beat third-ranked Indonesians Hendra Gunawan-Joko Riyadi in their opening match on Wednesday.

And their worst fears came true when they crashed 19-21, 21-18, 16-21 to former world champions Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark in the second round.

This is the second successive time that they have failed to make it past the early rounds of a Super Series tournament. Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost to Taiwan’s Tsai Chia-hsin-Hu Chung-shien in the second round of the China Open last November.

This time, Boon Heong proved to be the weak link and it was no surprise to see the Danish pair going on to claim victory in 59 minutes.

Boon Heong committed numerous unforced errors in the rubber game to allow the veteran Danish pair to come back from 11-14 down and seal victory.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong had beaten the Danish pair twice before and yesterday’s defeat in their home Open was painful indeed, especially when they had high hopes of making a good start to their campaign for the year.

Despite the unexpected early defeat, doubles coach Rexy Mainaky chose not to blast the Malaysian pair for their poor display, saying “they are still the main hope for the Beijing Olympics in August”.

“This defeat in the Malaysian Open should not be used as the only yardstick to judge them.

“Our priority is still the Olympics and I believe they are good for the title there,” said Rexy, who also pleaded for support for the pair.

“We have to understand that no athlete can stay on the winning trail all the time. The pair have been performing well for some time and it’s more important for them to learn from this and come back stronger.” read more

Defeat a blessing in disguise for Kien Keat-Boon Heong so that they will keep on improving till Olympic in the August this year. Hope they can make it then! All the best Malaysia and Malaysia Boleh! But because of this Rexy want to quit and leave the national doubles coach of the Malaysian team.

“I just do not know what else to do. Now, I just do not feel like coaching.”

Rexy said that he had hit ‘breaking point’ and could not wait until the Beijing Olympic Games to tender his resignation.

“I do not want to wait until the Beijing Olympic Games. This is it – I cannot coach anymore. I will inform the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) officials when I meet them today (yesterday),” he said.

“No, I am not changing my mind. This is my decision. It is final.”

If he really quit and I would say it’s a lost for Malaysia and feel sad because Olympic is 7months down the road and we will lost a good and capable couch. Rexy, please stay and I’m sure the double team will strive for their best and keep improving. Do not resign my dear Rexy.

I’m going there to watch Semi Final Tomorrow. Hope Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo will make it and beat China.



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  1. Support Koo n Tan forever,try their best!

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