V Shem-Khim Wah Knocked Out
20 Jan 2013

MEN\'S pair Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah failed to follow the footsteps of mixed pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying into the final of the Maybank Malaysia Open Superseries, after crashing out to South Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae in straight games 21-11, 21-15.

Both pairs tried to play to each other’s pace, and it was point for point at first, before the Victor Korea Open Superseries Premier champions picked up their game to lead 11 - 6 at the interval.

V Shem and Khim Wah, who lost to the same opponents in the quarterfinal of the Korea Open last week, tried to maintain their focus, but the South Koreans were just too strong, quickly widening the gap to lead 18-10.

The Malaysians were only allowed to collect one more point as the Koreans wrapped up the first game 21-11.

It was a closer fight at the beginning of the second game, as V Shem and Khim Wah kept pace and trailed 8-9, but failed to stop the South Koreans from walking out for the interval leading 11-8.

The crowd at Putra Stadium cheered on relentlessly in a vain attempt to keep the Malaysian pair going, but it was quite clear that Sung Hyun and Yong Dae were in a different league.

V Shem and Khim Wah fought till the end, but it was too big of a match for them as they succumbed 21-15 in the second.

“We did not play well today, we made a lot of mistakes as we wanted to kill their game off fast, it didn’t work,\" Khim Wah said.

V Shem concurred, saying: \"We played better in South Korea. We went for the kill even when we were not sure of the shot.”

The South Koreans will now face Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the final tomorrow. The Indonesians defeated China’s Chai Biao and Liu Xiaolong in the other semifinal.