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KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles specialist Goh Liu Ying has not won a solitary point in the Sudirman Cup.
But she has vowed to change all that with her partner Chan Peng Soon after third seeds Malaysia were handed an easy draw for this year’s Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team competition, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur from May 19-26.
Yesterday, Liu Ying and Peng Soon were some of the members who witnessed the draw ceremony for the Sudirman Cup conducted by the World Badminton Federation (BWF) at the Times Square Hotel.
Malaysia have been drawn in Group C1 with Germany and Taiwan.
If Malaysia emerge as Group C1 champions, they can at least avoid top seeds and defending champions China in the quarter-finals. Only the top two teams will advance to the top eight elimination round.
China are in Group A with Indonesia and India. Group B comprises Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong while Denmark, Japan and Singapore make up Group D.
“Two years ago, Peng Soon and I failed to deliver when it mattered most – needing to save the tie against Indonesia. In fact, I have not won any points for Malaysia in the Sudirman Cup. Hopefully, all that can change this time,” said the 22-year-old Liu Ying.
“The mixed doubles players from Germany and Taiwan are strong ... we cannot underestimate them. We have home ground advantage and we must use it to the maximum.”
Malaysia have always struggled in the Sudirman Cup because of their lack of depth in the women’s department. The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have not officially named the team yet but Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Tee Jing Yi, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and Peng Soon-Liu Ying are likely to be in the first team.
National singles coach Rashid Sidek admitted that they wil be relying heavily on Chong Wei to guide Malaysia into the semi-finals, at least.
Malaysia’s best showing in the Sudirman Cup was a semi-final appearance in Guangzhou in 2010.
“The draw favours us but I believe the big test will be in the quarter-finals. Whether we are group champions or runners-up, we are bound to meet one of the stronger teams from South Korea, Indonesia or Japan in the quarter-finals,” said Rashid.
“It will be an achievement if we make it to the semi-finals and it will be a bonus if our women’s singles players can steal a point.”
A total of 31 countries are competing in the Sudirman Cup Group 1 is the top division, followed by three other divisions. In Group 4, three teams will play in a round-robin format to determine the 29th, 30th and 31st spots.
A: China, Indonesia, India
B: Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong
C: Malaysia, Germany, Taiwan
D: Denmark, Japan, Singapore
A: Russia, United States, Sweden, Scotland
B: Holland, France, Canada, Austria
A: Ukraine, New Zealand, Turkey, Sri Lanka
B: Switzerland, Vietnam, Lithuania, Australia
Round robin: South Africa, Philippines,Kazakhstan
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