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National No.1 Sonia Cheah is only expected to make a full return at the Malaysian Open in January.
PETALING JAYA: There was some good news in the Malaysian women’s singles camp as Sonia Cheah returned to training following an Achilles injury.
The 19-year-old KL girl suffered the injury during training in August, which ruled her out of making her World Championships debut.
The world No. 36 underwent surgery and is back in training and going for rehabilitation.
It is certainly pleasant news as Malaysia are severely depleted in the women’s singles department with only Tee Jing Yi, Yang Li Lian, Lim Yin Fun and Lim Chiew Sien in the squad.
But women’s singles coach Wong Tat Meng believes that it is still too early for Sonia to see any action yet, and she is only expected to make a full return at the Malaysian Open in January.
This means Sonia definitely will not play a part in the Myanmar SEA Games in December, leaving the likes of world No. 61 Jing Yi and world No. 79 Li Lian to shoulder the challenge.
“It’s great to see Sonia back on court and being very positive,” said Tat Meng.
“It’s been 10 weeks since the injury and she’s been recovering well and showing good progress. She’s training well and going through rehab ... so that’s a good sign.
“But I don’t want to push her too hard yet. It was a very painful injury and she’ll need more time before getting back to match fitness.
“It’s most likely that the Malaysian Open next year will be the realistic tournament for her return. The SEA Games will definitely be too soon.”
In Sonia’s absence, Jing Yi is the top seed at the KL Open which began on Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras.
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