TheStar PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's men doubles hotshots Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong received the biggest boost in the seedings for the All-England, which were released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday. After having to play in qualifying rounds for places in the first two Super Series events in Malaysia and South Korea last month, the new pair, who have taken world badminton by storm, have been seeded eighth in the prestigious US$200,000 tournament scheduled for March 6-11 in Birmingham. Ranked at number 32 in the world, Kien Keat-Boon Heong are one of two Malaysian pairs seeded in the tournament. Veterans Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah are the seventh seeds. Riding high: Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong are currently ranked 32 in the world. Despite holding a lower world ranking than Gan Teik Chai-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif (12th) and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Lin Woon Fui (15th), Kien Keat-Boon Heong were seeded based on the BWF's notional ranking. Their first international Open tournament as a pair was in Japan in October. But they have proved to be among the best in the world – finishing as the runners-up in the Japan Open; emerging as the champions in the Asian Games in Doha last December; winning the Malaysian Open; and making a semi-final appearance in the Korean Open. On the home front, they bagged the National Grand Prix Finals' title. The 22-year-old Kien Keat was happy to learn that they have been seeded for the All-England. “It is really a big surprise for us. We had to go through qualifying tournaments in the last two Super Series tournament. Now, we are not only in the main draw but are also among the seeds. This is great,” said Kien Keat. “This will certainly boost our spirits to achieve another good result. We will be out to win the title.” Malaysia have not won the All-England men's doubles title since the success of the Sidek brothers, Razif and Jalani, in 1982. In the men's singles, Lee Chong Wei is the third seed and he is determined to go one step better than his previous effort of a semi-final outing last year. Mohd Hafiz Hashim, who reached the semi-finals at the Korean Open, has been seeded eighth. The other seeded Malaysians at the All-England are Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty at number six in the women's doubles. The draw for the All-England will be released on Feb 20.