Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong narrowly missed out on a spot at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2019 after they lost a tense final at the Gwangju Korea Masters 2019 yesterday to Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin.
Although Goh/Tan were able to save two match points in the second set, and were neck-and-neck with the Taiwanese pair in the decider, they have exposed a lot of their weaknesses during the final. For example, Tan Wee Kiong has committed too many uncharacteristic mistakes during critical moments, while Goh V Shem’s lift was too easy to be killed by the Taiwanese players. The No. 7 seeds from Malaysia couldn’t find answers to Wang Chi-Lin’s powerful smash, furthermore, their speed was not optimal compare to some top men’s pair in the world. Goh/Tan went down 19-21, 22-20, 19-21 in 59 minutes.
To be fair, V Shem-Wee Kiong, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, tried very hard. They battled hard to save four match points to force a deciding game.
But the seasoned pairing, who won the Thailand Masters in January and Taiwan Open in September, could not make it count and fell in 59 minutes.
V Shem-Wee Kiong can get some consolation in their first appearance in a final after losing in the first round of the previous four meets in Denmark, France, China and Hong Kong.
After Goh/Tan’s loss in the Korea Masters final, their compatriots, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik filled the spot to become the last men’s pair to qualify for the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals men’s doubles event.