PETALING JAYA: At the Taiwan Open yesterday, the seasoned campaigners have proven that they haven’t past their prime after their one of the greatest comebacks attempt to win the match.
Coming from the brink of defeat, V Shem-Wee Kiong saved five match points to defeat South Korean rising pair Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae 21-19,15-21,23-21 the men’s doubles final that lasted 62 minutes at the Taipei Arena.
No one saw it coming, even V Shem-Wee Kiong themselves.
The Rio Olympic medallists were trailing for most of the rubber game – 0-5,8-17,14-19 – before the world No. 18 Sol-gyu-Seung-jae first got hold of the match point at 20-16.
However, the Korean who just recently made headlines for sending world No. 1 Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia packing in the second round of the World Championships in Basel last month – converted none of the four opportunities to seal the deal.
The Korean pair, Sol-gyu-Seung-jae were already leading at 21-20 but V Shem-Wee Kiong denied them for the fifth time before grabbing the next two points to complete the remarkable turnaround.
“We’re absolutely delighted with this victory. It means a lot to us, it shows that we are still up for the challenge, ” said Wee Kiong.
“Hopefully, we will be able to put the disappointment behind us and build on this triumph. We’re not too excited just because we have won as this is just the beginning.
“The more important thing for us is to stay focused, keep this good momentum going and strive for more good results in the coming tournaments.”
Wee Kiong described their remarkable comeback as extra special and memorable.
“I don’t remember if we have ever fought back from that far to win. Even if we did, nothing is going to beat this one because it did not win us the match but the title. I’ll never forget today.”
Since the time they were paired up in 2014, the Taiwan Open victory marked their seventh victory together.
The said victory led V Shem-Wee Kiong to becoming the econd Malaysian pair to emerge multiple winners on the World Tour this season. They had won the Thailand Masters in January. Fellow independent mates Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were the first to accomplish the feat after winning the Thailand Masters and New Zealand Open in May.