KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie hope for better times ahead following their victory at the German Open in Mulheim on Sunday.
The World No 10 are expected to leapfrog compatriots and ninth-ranked Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing as the new national No 1 in Thursday’s Badminton World Federation updated ranking list.
“The decision by the national selectors to opt for us instead of Kian Meng-Pei Jing for next month’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games actually boosted our confidence for the German Open.
"However, it does not matter who is national No 1 as every pair are fighting for honours. Perhaps moving up the world rankings would help us in other ways, but being national No 1 was never our main target.
"I'm glad that our hard work has paid off, and we wish to continue this fine form for a long time," said Shevon on Monday.
The Malaysians will be making their debut at the All England in Birmingham where they will open against the husband-and-wife combination of Chris-Gabrielle Adcock of England in the first round.
Others in the fray are 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Kian Meng-Pei Jing.
Former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei will be defending his All England men’s singles title, while Malaysia’s hopes in the doubles are Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.
It the women's singles, Malaysia will be represented by 2015 world junior champion Goh Jin Wei and reigning national champion Soniia Cheah.