Malaysia’s Tan Wee Kiong has admitted that he and his doubles partner Goh V Shem must have a strong showing at the China Open this week.
Wee Kiong and V Shem have endured a dismal run of form since the World Championships in August and struggled in Europe last month, where they were beaten in the first round of the Denmark Open, in the second round of the French Open and in the third round of the Bitburger Open.
As a result, the duo, who are currently ranked 14th, are hoping to turn their fortunes around in Fuzhou as they will be looking to stay in the top 16 on the world rankings to ensure that they can compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“We had some really close matches in Europe, but we didn’t quite have the finishing,” Wee Kiong told The Star. “But we’re trying to fix that … we’re hoping to get some results in China.”
Wee Kiong admitted that he and V Shem are under a lot of pressure heading into the China Open, but added that he is feeling confident about his and V Shem’s chances of having a successful tournament.
“We’re definitely feeling the pressure, but we have no confidence issues,” he said.
Wee Kiong and V Shem will face Oliver Leydon-Dav and Ruud Bosch in the first round on Wednesday.