KUALA LUMPUR: National mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie were forced to pull out of their Celcom Axiata Malaysian Open's quarter-finals tie with Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai Thursday (April 4).
This came after Soon Huat complained of dizziness during the morning training session.
The withdrawal certainly was unexpected as the world No.9 pair had convincingly beaten Indonesia's Alfian Eko Prasetya-Marsheilla Gischa Islami 21-13, 21-15 in just 23 minutes on Wednesday.
This is not the first time Soon Huat has been affected by dizziness.
He underwent surgery six years ago after suffering from constant dizzy spells. He even fainted while playing in the Indonesian Grand Prix Gold in September 2013.
Doctors found a blood clot near his brain.
Coach Chin Ee Hui believes the problem could have flared up again.
"He was already feeling light-headed since yesterday. It could be due to the surgery he had many years ago," said Ee Hui.
The withdrawal will come as a blow to the pair's title defence bid at the Singapore Open next week.