Badminton

Published: Sunday May 18, 2014 MYT 10:42:00 PM
Updated: Sunday May 18, 2014 MYT 10:50:37 PM

Time for Jing Yi to step up

NEW DELHI: Tee Jing Yi, Malaysia’s No. 1 women’s singles player, has the chance to step out of Wong Mew Choo’s shadows in the Uber Cup when they open their Group Z campaign against Denmark on Monday.

Jing Yi will likely face world No. 39 Line Kjaersfeldt in the opening group match and it is a match she must win if Malaysia harbour hopes of creating an upset.

With former champions Japan and Germany in the group, Malaysia must overcome an equally inexperienced Denmark side to stand a chance to achieve their quarter-final target. The top two teams will advance to the last eight, which will be played on a knockout basis.

Mew Choo, who is the wife of world No. 1 men’s singles player Lee Chong Wei, led Malaysia to three quarter-finals in 2004 (Jakarta), 2008 (Jakarta) and 2010 (Kuala Lumpur) before quitting three years ago.

Jing Yi is only one of three players with Uber Cup experience in the current team and is hoping to make a good impression.

The retirement of former All-England champion Tine Baun has not affected Denmark’s strength as they won the European Team Championships recently.

Except for the world No. 3 women’s doubles pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl, the others in the Denmark team are outside the top 10 in their respective events.

Jing Yi made her Uber Cup debut in 2010 in Kuala Lumpur as the second singles behind Mew Choo, but the team bowed out to Indonesia in the quarter-finals. Malaysia failed to qualify for the 2012 Finals in Wuhan.

A spate of poor results prompted the 23-year-old to quit the national team last November but she was persuaded to return a month later.

Jing Yi achieved a breakthrough by winning her second career title at the Iran Open in February.

”The Iran Open may not be a big tournament but the win helped me gained some confidence. I am focused and want to achieve bigger things in the sport.

“Many do not rate us highly in the competition but we are determined to prove them wrong.

“We have trained hard and studied our opponents’ weaknesses during the recent camp in Kuala Lumpur.

“I believe we have the ability to upset the form book,” said the world No. 50.

Yang Li Lian and Lim Yin Fun are expected to play in the second and third singles with reigning SEA Games champions Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho featuring in the doubles.

Tags / Keywords: Tee Jing Yi, Uber Cup, Malaysia, Denmark, badminton

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