Monday, July 23, 2012 | | By: Febi

Koo-Tan must turn tables on Korean nemesis

PETALING JAYA: National doubles coach Tan Kim Her is pleased with the draw which pitches Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong against their Korean nemesis, saying it could have been a lot worse.
Top men’s pair Kien Keat-Boon Heong have been drawn in Group D with second seeds and All-England champions Chung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae, tricky Japanese duo Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato and former world champions Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan.

If Kien Keat-Boon Heong finish second in the group, they are most likely to face fourth seeds and Group B winners Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong in the quarter-finals.
The other pairs in Group B are Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Bodin Isaara, Indonesia’s Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano and Poland’s Adam Cwalina -Michal Logosz.

To make matters worse, if Kien Keat-Boon Heong finish second in Group D, they face the possibility of meeting top seeds and reigning world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in the semi-finals – if they advance.

It will an easier route should the world No. 8 ranked Malaysians turn the tables on Jae-sung-Yong-dae and top the group.
And that is exactly what Kim Her is aiming for.

“I’m actually happy with the draw. It’s definitely not easy with Jae-sung-Yong-dae but it could have been a lot worse,” said Kim Her in a telephone interview from Bath.
“Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s first match will be against the Korean pair and that is the one that I’m targeting them to win.

“The Japanese pair are equally dangerous and we have to be careful as, although Kien Keat-Boon Heong beat them in their last meeting, it wasn’t easy.

“The main reason why they need to top the group is because that will put them in the lower half of the draw and avoid China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng.”

While Kim Her appeared confident, mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan believes Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying probably got the toughest possible draw.

World No. 7 Peng Soon-Liu Ying are in Group D with second seeds Xu Chen-Ma Jin of China, Taiwan’s Chen Hung Ling-Cheng Wen Hsing and Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam.



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