this is an old article published in november in The Malay Mail newspaper.. enjoy.................. Smashing islander HARESH DEOL AN island boy who has yet to master the sea. Khoo Chung Chiat knows of his `flaw' but would rather spend his time practising his racquet skills rather than master ing the art of floating in water. "Many people are sur prised when they find out I can't really swim even though I'm from Langkawi," said Chung Chiat, 21. "I guess they expect me to be a good swimmer since I stay in the coun try's most popular island. Yet, I'm not much of a sea freak and prefer walking along the beach instead." The former Bukit Jalil Sports School student takes every step seriously in the court. Partnering Mohd Razif Latif in the men's doubles, the duo hit headlines earlier this month after stunning world No 10 pair Indonesians Alven Yuli anto-Luluk Hadiyanto 10-21, 21-16, 21-16 in the first round of the Ma cau Open. Their journey was cut short after losing to vet eran pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in the quarter-finals of the Ma cau meet. "We were really in form during the match and the Indonesians were caught off guard. We were clearly the better players," said Chung Chiat on beating Yulianto and Hadiyanto. Chung Chiat and Razif are hoping to continue performing upsets as they gear up for their debut outing in the Korat SEA Games this December. "It's not going to be easy with the Indonesians coming in full force. But Razif works well with me and he creates opportun ities for us to gain points." "If things go our way, we might make it to the quarter-finals without much problem." With the full backing from his family, Chung Chiat, a third child out of four siblings, hopes his combination with Razif would continue Malaysia's dominance in the scene. "I make sure I call my parents after the match. They've been really supportive and I hope to repay them soon."