Wee Kiong (right) and V Shem were just not good enough against Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia. They lost 12-21, 21-10, 21-17. - FAIHAN GHANI / The Star
SINGAPORE: World No. 17 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have crashed out in the first round of the individual event of the badminton competition at the SEA Games.
The second seeds’ woeful form continued after they were sent packing by Indonesian youngsters Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 12-21, 21-10, 21-17 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Malaysia’s second ranked pair of Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang were also bundled out in the first round, losing 17-21, 17-21 to top seeds Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Angga Pratama of Indonesia.
It’s not all bad news though as Chong Wei Feng and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif cleared their opening hurdles in the men’s singles.
Wei Feng thumped Vietnam’s Pham Cao Cuong 21-14, 21-11 while Arif defeated Phakornkham Fongmalayseng of Laos 21-13, 21-9.
Fifteen-year-old Goh Jin Wei also had a good start in the women’s singles, defeating Vietnam’s Nguyen Thuy Linh for the second time in a week.
Jin Wei, who defeated the Vietnamese in the team event, won 22-20, 21-15 and will take on second seed Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand in the quarter-finals.
“I didn’t play the last two days, so I was a bit rusty ... but I’m satisfied with my performance,” said Jin Wei.
The Star Online