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by rajes paul
SEA Games debutant Lim Chiew Sien (left) wants to make an impact at the Games although the Thais will start as favourites when the badminton competition begins on Tuesday. - Filepic
SEA Games debutant Lim Chiew Sien was scared out of her wits at the Games Village on Sunday.
The women’s singles shuttler saw a rat in her room and screamed her head off.
“I spotted a mouse and it was happily nibbling my bread. I just screamed on top of my voice,” said Chiew Sien as she recalled the incident to her team-mates.
While her team-mates had a good laugh, Chiew Sien was not amused.
“And the worst thing is that we could not find that little monster after that. I hope it is still not in my room,” she shuddered.
But one thing is clear. She will not play like a mouse when she goes into action in today’s competition.
The 19-year-old Chiew Sien, who got into the Games following Olympian Tee Jing Yi’s pull-out, will play second seed and world No. 18 Busanan Ongbumrungpan of Thailand in the first round.
“I have lost to her three times. She is the favourite but I will not be intimidated by her. It is my first SEA Games and I am really excited to put up a good showing,” she said.
Yang Li Lian, the other Malaysian representative, is in the top half of the draw with top seed Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand.
Thailand are the favourites to win the women’s singles gold despite the absence of reigning world champion and world No. 3 Ratchanok Intanon and world No. 10 Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.
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