Malaysia no.1 doubles and first-time Olympic qualifiers Goh V Shem
and Tan Wee Kiong
will square off against fourth-seeded Korean duo Kim Sa Rang and Kim Gi Jung
, who are enjoying a resurrecting pre-Olympic season as they’ve won two Superseries Premier events in Fuzhou and Shah Alam over the past year. Both are seen as medal contenders in Rio this summer.
2012 Olympians Goh Liu Ying
and Chan Peng Soon
of Malaysia are presented a tough opener ahead as well. They will play in a rematch of 2016 Malaysia Open Superseries final against Olympic champions Zhang/Zhao.
VICTOR player, three-time world champion Liliyana Natsir
was the mixed doubles winner with Nova Widianto in the Indonesia Open back in 2005 and a women’s doubles champion with Vita Marissa in 2008 after it had been upgraded to Superseries level, but failed to summon the home magic again with her current partner Tontowi Ahmad
. The chances for the second seeds got brighter after they were handed a relatively easy draw this year. The first hurdle they are expected to meet will be eighth seed, Indonesian Susanto/Jordan.