PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei have some soul searching to do after another dismal show.
Vivian, who turns 27 today, and Khe Wei, who celebrated her 28 birthday yesterday, suffered another setback as they were dumped from the women’s doubles quarter-finals at the Swiss Open in Basel on Friday.
The world No. 11 delivered a below-par performance, losing 18-21, 21-8, 15-21 to world No. 21 Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen of Denmark.
The defeat means Vivian-Khe Wei have yet to get past the quarter-final stage this year. They lost in the last eight at the Malaysian Masters in January and were knocked out in the second round of the All-England in Birmingham last week.
“It’s a very frustrating loss for us, especially to a lower-ranked pair,” admitted Vivian.
“We did fair enough but our performance at the All-England was definitely much better than this.
“We started by making too many mistakes against the Danish pair. After that, we tried our best to finish them off but they were solid defensively and returned every shots. Now we need to evaluate and pick ourselves up for our next tournament.”
Vivian-Khe Wei will skip the Indian Open in New Delhi from March 28-April 2. They will instead focus on the Malay-sian Open in Kuching from April 4-9.
They are up against a qualifier in the first round. If they win, they are likely to meet world No. 3 Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan of South Korea in the second round.
The other Malaysian pairs in the fray in Kuching are world No. 22 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and No. 25 Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen.
Men’s singles: Lin Dan (Chn) bt Ihsan Maulana Mustofa (Ina) 21-17, 21-14; Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Emil Holst (Den) 17-21, 21-15, 21-13; Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) bt Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) 14-21, 21-16, 21-17; Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt H.S. Prannoy (Ind) 21-19, 21-11.
Men’s doubles: Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) bt Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) 21-15, 22-20; Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) 24-22, 21-10; Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge (Eng) bt Mathias Christiansen-David Daugaard (Den0 22- 20, 17-21, 21-19; Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Milosz Bochat-Adam Cwalina (Pol) 21-15, 21-15.
Women’s singles: Chisato Hoshi (Jpn) bt Linda Zetchiri (Bul) 21-14, 21-12; Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-19, 21-12; Chen Xiaoxin (Chn) bt Olga Konon (Ger) 21-8, 21-9; Fitriani Fitriani (Ina) bt Mia Blichfeldt (Den) 12-21, 21-19, 22-20.
Women’s doubles: Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Della Destiana Haris-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (Ina) 17-21, 21-10, 21-14; Maiken FruergaardSara Thygesen (Den) bt Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) 21-18, 8-21, 21-15; Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) bt Isabel HerttrichOlga Konon (Ger) 21-19, 21-6; Bao Yixin-Yu Xiaohan (Chn) bt Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 21-14, 21-13.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Mathias Christiansen-Sara Thygesen (Den) 21-13, 21-19; Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Mark Lamfuss-Isabel Herttrich (Ger) 21-14, 21-17; Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui (Chn) bt Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N. Sikki Reddy (Ind) 21-19, 21-17; Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) bt Terry Hee-Tan Wei Han (Sin) 21-19, 24-22.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/badminton/2017/03/19/searching-for-answers-viviankhe-wei-slump-to-another-quarterfinal-defeat-at-swiss-open/#aR3zDfrdubIiTjeI.99