PETALING JAYA : If there’s virtually any major badminton tournament that Malaysia can brag a success or 2 in recent years , it’s possibly the All-England .
Thanks to men’s singles ace Lee Chong Wei , the national staff were able to give back with four titles – 2010 , 2011 , 2014 and 2017 .
However there will be no Chong Wei this time , so the nation will need to count on someone else to bring the title home while the world’s oldest tournament gets started at the Arena Birmingham today .
In Chong Wei’s absence, all eyes will again be on the men’s doubles and mixed doubles shuttlers with Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying seen as the best bets.
After all, these four seasoned campaigners have featured in the tournament more times than any of their 13 other compatriots in the fray this week.They did not only participate, they also came close to winning them
Peng Soon-Liu Ying nearly created history as the first Malaysian mixed doubles winners when they finished runners-up to China’s Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong in 2017.
V Shem-Wee Kiong made it to the last four in 2016 before their hopes of becoming the first men’s doubles champions since Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in 2007 were shattered by Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa.