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Goh V Shem (left) and Tan Wee Kiong pose with their medals after winning the Taiwan Open doubles title yesterday. -- Pix: EPA

GOH V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong produced a remarkable comeback to clinch the Taiwan Open title yesterday.

With their never-say-die attitude, the former World No 1 saved five match points in the 21-19, 15-21, 23-21 victory over South Korea’s Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung Jae in the men’s doubles final.

“It boiled down to patience and confidence,” said V Shem.

“We read the game well and waited patiently for the young Korean pair to make errors. We capitalised on their mistakes and maintained our momentum.

“Wee Kiong and I did not give up. We kept a cool head to win back the points.”

The win was their second this year after the Thailand Masters crown in January.

Having struggled with a number of early-round exits this year, the victory comes as a huge boost for the independent duo who are fighting for a spot in next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“The main target is to qualify for the Olympics, but we want to take it one step at a time and not rush into things.

“We want to play good badminton and enjoy ourselves in the process,” added V Shem.

The Malaysians pocketed US$39,500 (RM165,000) for their effort while Solgyu-Seung Jae settled for US$19,000 (RM79,000).

V Shem-Wee Kiong will next compete in the China Open (Sep 17-22).

RESULTS (All Finals)

Men’s singles: Chou Tien Chen (Tai) bt Heo Kwang Hee (Kor) 21-12, 21-13;

Doubles: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong bt Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung Jae (Kor) 21-19, 15-21, 23-21;

Women’s singles: Sung Ji Hyun (Kor) bt Michelle Li (Can) 21-11, 21-9;

Doubles: Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) bt Kim So Yeong-Kong Hee Yong 21-19, 18-21, 28-26;

Mixed doubles: Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Seo Seung Jae-Chae Yujung 21-18, 21-10.

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