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Goh Soon Huat (right) and Shevon Lai
Goh Soon Huat (right) and Shevon Lai

BAM coaching director, Wong Choong Hann felt that Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai had squandered a golden opportunity to win the Spain Masters in Barcelona.

The national No 1 mixed doubles, who were top seeded, crashed out in the quarter-finals on Friday with a 21-18, 21-18 loss to South Korea’s Kim Sa Rang-Kim Ha Na.

“Soon Huat-Shevon should have done better. They wasted a golden opportunity to win a title,” Choong Hann lamented yesterday.

National No 2 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing failed to capitalise too despite many top players being absent from the competition. They bowed out in the second round.

Both Soon Huat-Shevon and Kian Meng-Pei Jing, currently ranked World No 9 and World No 10 respectively, have yet to reach a final this season.

However, Choong Hann is hopeful that the pairs, who are vying for Tokyo Olympic berths, will make amends at the German Open next week.

“I really hope our players will get to bounce back in the next tournament (German Open),” he said.

Prior to the German Open, the national players will go to the French National Institute of Sports in Paris for a one-week training stint.

They include men’s doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yi, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and women’s doubles Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen.

“The training in France with the French national side is something we planned for our players so that we don’t have to burden them with long travelling hours between Asia and Europe.

“Since we have a good relationship with the French team that train at ABM (Academy Badminton Malaysia) when they were here, we managed to make this possible,” Choong Hann added.

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