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Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 4:47:00 PM
Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 4:48:41 PM
by s. ramaguru
Ainil Johani Abu Bakar: 'The last two years, I set certain targets (like finishing in the top 30 and so on) but did not achieve them. So, there is no target for this year.'
KUALA LUMPUR: Ainil Johani Abu Bakar, the current top local professional, finished at the tail-end of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in 2011 and 2012.
This year, she hopes it will be different.
After winning her maiden professional title in July, Ainil believes that she will be better prepared for the event this year, which starts at the KL Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
Unlike the two previous tournaments, she is not setting any targets this year.
“I just want to go out there and do my best and finish as high as I can. The last two years, I set certain targets (like finishing in the top 30 and so on) but did not achieve them. So, there is no target for this year.
“I do not expect to feel much pressure especially since winning my first title in July. That will allow me to play a little better against the world’s best players,” she said.
In July, Ainil won the Kenda Tire TLPGA Open in Taipei, which is part of the regional Asian Tour.
The LPGA Malaysia is the first tournament she will be playing in Malaysia since the win. Expectations from her supporters will be high, but Ainil says it’s nothing she can’t handle.
“This is such a big opportunity to play with the best. I want to use it to try and improve my game and also learn from the experience,” she added.
According to Ainil, her game is slowly improving and she needs to get more tournaments under her belt to get better and challenge the big names.
“Of course, my dream is to play on the LPGA Tour on a regular basis. That’s what I am working towards but for now just getting the chance to play in the same league as the top stars is great. I hope my performance will be better this year,” she added.
Ainil will be on the same flight as Germany’s Caroline Masson and Paraguay’s Julieta Granada.
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