Malaysia’s last hope in the Maybank Malaysia Open came to a sad end when Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei fell to a crushing 3-21, 10-21 defeat to China’s No 8 seeds Huan Xia-Tian Qing in the women’s doubles quarter-finals at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Friday.

The country’s top women’s doubles pair were not expected to beat the Chinese pair but the poor performance by Vivian – Khe Wei showed the wide gap that needs to be arrested.

Doubles coach Jeremy Gan said Malaysia need to step up their “quality and high level training” to match other countries.”

Vivian said: “We admit that it was very bad match for us.Our opponents were just too strong for us. Our strategies against the Chinese pair never worked today. We have to forget this defeat and prepare ourselves for our next tournament which is the China Masters.”

Khe Wei the fact that they were the only Malaysians left in the tournament also had telling effect them.

“It was in good faith but every other person we met was telling us we are the only Malaysians and perform well. This probably put more pressure us. But we are not pointing fingers at anyone. We have to move.”

Co-coach Pang Cheh Chang said another area that needs to be looked into seriously is Malayisia”s “slow recovery after earning or conceding a point” which allowed the Chinese to take full advantage.

Malaysia’s second women’s doubles pair of  Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho crashed out of the tournament in the second round losing to  Germany’s Isabel Herttrich-Brigit Michels who won 16-21, 21-17, 21-14..

Amelia-Fie Cho will compete in next week’s Singapore Open.

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