Buro vs SEA Games 2017 athletes Soon Huat-Shevon in a mini game of badminton
A fairly fresh partnership—they played their first tournament as a pair in November 2016—yet Soon Huat-Shevon have quickly rose up the ranks, claiming both the Scottish Open and Malaysia International titles in the same month. At the moment, they stand in the 17th position of the Badminton World Federation's mixed double rankings.
Goh Soon Huat is the more experienced player of the pair, having made his international debut in 2009 as a singles player. Shevon Lai Jemie, on the other hand, is the more seasoned mixed doubles player, having played in the category ever since she made the national team in 2011. This partnership with Shevon is Soon Huat's first foray into mixed doubles, and while it wasn't easy transitioning from singles to doubles—it looks like he has found his calling in the latter. With this partnership, both players are looking at their best run and ranking in their respective sporting careers.
This will be Soon Huat-Shevon's first SEA Games together, but the pressure is already on. The pair is Malaysia's bet for a gold in the mixed doubles competition, which kicks off today! But before that, we approached them for a quick chat and a mini challenge. Watch it here:
Soon Huat-Shevon will be playing their first match in the 2017 SEA Games badminton mixed doubles event against Sopheaktra-Pechhoravy of Cambodia later today at the Axiata Arena. Stream the match online here.